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FL: Miami-Dade Sex Offender Residency Ordinance Unsuccessfully Challenged

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently challenged the constitutionality of a Miami-Dade County, Florida ordinance that, according to the organization, forces sex offenders on probation into homelessness by imposing residency restrictions so harsh there is literally no place where they are legally permitted to live. …

While that may indeed be outrageous, the federal district court hearing the challenge to the Miami-Dade ordinance did not find it unconstitutional. The court dismissed the suit in April 2015, finding the ordinance was not punitive in nature and advanced a legitimate governmental interest, and rejecting the ACLU’s procedural and substantive due process, ex post facto and vagueness claims. A motion for reconsideration was denied in June 2015, and the ACLU has since appealed the dismissal to the Eleventh Circuit. Full Article

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  1. Tim E

    I personally don’t have a lot of faith in the ACLU in this. Now they are appealing to the 11th circut. If they are shot down there will they appeal to SCOTUS? Or will they abondon are brothers and sisters in FL? I hope they win. I hope the 11th circut gives a ruling that opens the door to a class action suit against Miami-Dade co. Or better yet Ron Book. I don’t care what happened to his daughter, and no I’m not apologising for that attitude. That POS has treated Price Club members like animals for years.Instead of just punishing the babysitter. And should be sued out of house and home to go live under a bridge himself.

    • Harry

      I agree Tim, the ACLU have been on the sidelines, partly they do not want to lose some friends and monitory support.

  2. Harry

    Ron Book needs to be sued, investigated and/or arrested for criminal harassment under the color of authority, along with those whom have giving him these powers, including the judges.

  3. Anonymous

    The residency restrictions in Miami-Dade County is not only for registered citizens currently on probation, but they are for registered citizens even when they finish probation(post probation sentence). For the rest of their lives for as long as they live in the county. There has to be some unconstitutional standing to that. There are homeless registered citizens in Miami-Dade that have been out of probation for years now.

  4. Timmr

    Legitimate governmental interest? Making people live in squalor and disease, while denying them access to the things that reduce recidivism? How can spreading disease and ensuring future crime be a legitimate interest? Are these judges getting a kickback for their decision or is it just the chemicals in the water they drink destroying the brain? Sounds like some third world dictatorship, rather than a legitimate first world nation.

    • j

      It is in the “interest” of the government to set these registrants up for failure and to over-ride the research that reveals these violations of human rights defy the concept of rehabilitation and re-integration. That way anyone supporting it cannot be called liars which is essentially what they are.

      Soon they will put into law simply that any class of criminal they deem fit to serve a life sentence – simply by the category of crime – will fall into this nefarious and life ending instrument loosely referred to as “Law”…

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