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City repeals ordinance in response to lawsuit by sex offender

The City of Taft has, for all intents and purposes, settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a registered sex offender Tuesday night when it repealed a seven-year-old ordinance regulating where convicted sex offenders could live and visit. Full Article

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This is good, in fact great news for registrants living in and around Taft. This article states fact’s that ALL cities refusing to repeal or are only partially repealing their ordinances really need to revisit. Fact’s like the courts opinion in the Nguyen case where the state supreme court said these kind of ordinances were unenforceable The court called these ordinances unconstitutional and denied a review, and their decision applies throughout the state. Many of the city counsel members throughout the state don’t like what is happening, but the law is the law. It’s a true wonder that these people… Read more »

You’re right. There is a lot of things to reduce sexual abuse, a they have all the resources they need to come up with alternatives that don’t trash the constitutions. Basically they ate fixated on punishment and excusion. They are basically limited by their own predudices. Has anyone one of these councils said. “Hey, you know, the well being of ALL children is important. Lets set up a task force, to bring in those who have devoted their lives to studying this and come up with some solutions. Let’s even run it by carsol so we can avoid future law… Read more »

Tim: The fact of the matter is that registrants pose no more a risk to the public than people not on the registry. Serial sex predators of children and adults are very few indeed, and in my eyes not as dangerous as criminals like drug dealers and gang members that recruit young people into a lifestyle that goes nowhere and causes great harm to the public, and let’s not forget murderers. It’s a fact that the vast majority of sex crimes (and you can’t call everything that will land someone on the registry sexual in nature) are committed by people… Read more »

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