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LOMPOC SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT

Lompoc is the fifth city whose sex offender ordinance is being challenged in federal district court. The lawsuit was filed on April 21 in the U.S. District Court Central Division.

“The City of Lompoc was notified in January that its ordinance violates the state and federal constitutions yet the city failed to either repeal or stay enforcement of that ordinance,” stated attorney Janice Bellucci. “Lompoc did not learn the lesson of the first four cities to be sued — Pomona, South Lake Tahoe, National City and Carson — earlier this year.”

The Lompoc ordinance prohibits all California registered citizens from being in or within 300 feet of any public or private school, child care facility, library, park, school bus stop or playground. Violations of the ordinance could lead to up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

“The impact of the Lompoc ordinance is that more than 105,000 registered citizens are not able to join family members and friends for a picnic in the park or to access public information in the library,” stated plaintiff Frank Lindsay. “This unjust law must be stopped.”

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Another Monday, another lawsuit!

Thank you Janice! Hope you get a lot of attorney’s fees when you win. I love that you give us inspiration each week now. Who’s next?

Stay tuned to see who’s next……could be a city or county near you.

I like when it’s written “who’s neckst 🙂

I have lived without my husband in the home for 10 yrs because his civil rights have been interrupted. My husband and I have chosen to protect our children by living separate lives. He cannot find work or even a stable place to live. He has missed graduations, sports activities, and school plays of his children. As he has gotten older the ridicule and stone throwing has nearly killed him (literally). This man, my husband has been through more than any human should have to face. I feel blessed to have a man who can own the poor choice he… Read more »

Mom, what more can a struggling person do than to raise a child to be a good citizen. You and your husband deserve a reward as good parents. Heaven knows they are harder and harder to find nowadays.
I wouldn’t doubt that, like so many registrants, your husband wasn’t as fortunate to have the type of loving and secure foundation that he has helped to provide for his own children.
For that he needs to be commended, not ridiculed and scorned as you described.

Beautifully said, Mom. Your story, while heartbreaking, shows courage, fortitude, and love. I commend you, your husband and your family! God bless you.

Thank you Janice for standing up for their rights. The lifetime sentence of registration is ridiculous. In addition, all the added restrictions are worse. Now, all you who are opposed, do your research. Most people do not realize what constitutes an “offense that requires registration.” A good many of these offenses do not involve children or any “victim.” Law enforcement, along with others, charge them with the worst possible crime (usually with guaranteed prison time) and then offer a plea bargain. Lawyers tend to encourage the acceptance of the plea bargain. This results in a “conviction for the DA’s office.”… Read more »

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