California is often labeled the most litigious state, and a rash of lawsuits around the state not only upholds this contention, but threatens the safety of California’s children. Local ordinances defining places where convicted sex offenders may not visit are apparently going the way of the dodo, under an onslaught of legal challenges aimed at expanding the rights of offenders.
Two such lawsuits, targeting ordinances in Irvine and Orange County banning convicted sex offenders from visiting city parks and recreational sites, have resulted in those ordinances’ invalidation by a state court of appeals. The court did so on the grounds that state laws—which the local laws exceeded in their stringency—fully occupy the field and therefore preempt tougher local laws.
As if those lawsuits were not enough, Santa Maria attorney Janice Bellucci has apparently taken up the cause of sex offenders’ rights as her personal cause, flooding courts all over California with challenges to local ordinances that also exceed the restrictions in state law. Full Article