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MA: High court shoots down city’s residency restrictions on sex offenders

BOSTON – In a ruling that could affect dozens of Massachusetts communities, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court on Friday agreed an ordinance limiting where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn cannot stand.

Several registered sex offenders sued the city after local officials enacted an ordinance in 2011 that prevented Level 2 and 3 offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or park. A level 3 offender has been deemed the most likely to commit another crime, according to the state Sex Offender Registry. Full Article

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Associated Press via CBS News Boston: SJC Tosses Lynn Law Restricting Where Sex Offenders Live
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/08/28/sex-offenders-lynn-restrictions-massachusetts-law-sjc-ruling/

Read the court’s decision:
http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/sjc/reporter-of-decisions/new-opinions/11822.pdf

Info. about the case including a copy of the amicus brief:
https://aclum.org/cases-briefs/three-registered-sex-offenders-v-city-of-lynn/

Video of the oral arguments:
http://www.suffolk.edu/sjc/archive/2015/SJC_11822.html

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The highest court in Massachusetts is to be commended for its wise decision today striking down residency restrictions in that state. The Court saw and spoke the truth when it stated that residency restrictions constitute banishment and are similar to past “mistakes” when “Native Americans and Japanese Americans were lawfully banished from our midst”.

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