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Wasco sex offender ordinance adopted in 2007 thrown out

WASCO, Calif. – A sex offender ordinance in Wasco challenged by a law firm has been thrown out.

The ordinance adopted by the city in 2007 restricted offenders from getting 300 feet near of public or private places. This involved public libraries, schools, parks, bus stops and child care centers.

A Central Coast law office challenged that ordinance on grounds that it was too broad and violated offenders’ constitutional rights. As part of the settlement, the city of Wasco must now pay legal fees. Article

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  1. wonderin

    As part of the settlement, the city of Wasco must now pay legal fees.

    If the only thing they understand is pain – then lesson learned.

    • Q

      Lesson learned? Perhaps in a perfect world. The only reason they are dumping their ordinance is because they are being forced to.

  2. Q

    Anyone ever notice that whenever some city is forced to eat crow the news report, if there even is a news report, is usually really short? The opposite happens when these cities first get their letter informing them that their ordinances are illegal and they could be sued; the news reports are long; windy, and the media gives the offended counsel members a high stack of soap boxes to rant and rave against the laws of the land from. Personally; I think they should have to explain why they threw their oath of office out the window and went against law and order and have to pay court costs and attorney fees out of their own pocket. But then most citizens are void of any knowledge about the entire issue aside from what they have been told to believe would assume see all of us dead. So I guess I’m glad it’s they who are paying.

  3. Brubaker

    Excellent ..! ..excellent ..!.. thank you for challenging injustice and supporting and defending the Constitution …HomeRun works.

  4. R

    I wonder when other lawyers are going to join in so they can get some of this cash?

  5. USA

    This is another example of why these laws are unconstitutional. How could I even take a vacation within Ca and know if I was breaking the law as I travelled throughout the state? In addition, it’s becoming increasingly confusing if I travel throughout the country? I’m presently 19 years registering for a battery that was expunged. /summary probation? What if I go to Texas? Idaho? This case would have only required me to register for 10 years in most states? It’s highly confusing (sexual battery means one thing in Ca and another in states like Texas)? It’s time for California to institute a tiered system and allow people to get on with their lives. First time offenders can be rehabilitated!

  6. Craig

    If other lawyers would join in most of these unjust and unconstitutional laws would drop off the books all across the country, this has to be done!

    Good job CARSOL.

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