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WI: Sex offenders win federal lawsuit against Village of Pleasant Prairie: “It’s going to open a lot of doors”

Sex offenders in Kenosha County have won a federal lawsuit against the Village of Pleasant Prairie, in a case that could have nationwide implications. The men who sued said the village’s sex offender residency restrictions violated their constitutional rights. Full Article

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  1. AJ

    Time for every single RC who can do so to move to Pleasant Prairie. 🙂
    They truly had a banishment ordinance, making people leave town! Nothing like singling people out.

    This case is a nice win for our side, and continues to show the federal judiciary can and will properly apply the Constitution, even in a Smith and CT DPS world.

    It’s also one more sign for me that SCOTUS will not only accept Snyder, but will rule in our favor, and may even decide more broadly that the whole scheme of MI SORA, and all similar, is unconstitutional.

    More raindrops in the coming flood of helpful court decisions…drip, drip, drip.


    • Nicholas Maietta

      For readers, it would be nice to spell out the cases you refer-to. I know Smith vs Doe, but CT DPS? Please elaborate. Thank you!

      • Chris F

        Connecticut Department of Transportation V Doe (2003) – same time as Smith V Doe
        wikipedia of Conn case that makes public disclosure sex offender list OK without a trial:

        In a unanimous opinion, the Second Circuit Court’s judgment was reversed on the basis that due process does not require the opportunity to prove a fact that is not material to the State’s statutory scheme. Injury to reputation in itself, even if defamatory, does not constitute deprivation of liberty.

      • AJ

        Sorry about that Nicholas. Yeah, Smith and Snyder get cited all the time. CT DPS, not so much.


  2. Chris F

    This is great and all, but haven’t sex offenders been living under a bridge in Miami Florida since 2006 due to residency restrictions and gotten nowhere with lawsuits?

    • Harry

      I encourage all RC living in Florida make sure the mattresses they sleep on are pneumatic type. Because when the State falls off in the ocean they will be only ones surviving.

    • PJ

      Florida is a different type of animal with a lot of support and pull from political corruptness. it is also the birthplace of modern sex offender laws. So it is an important state to win in. It was also a different Federal court as well that serves that same state (that Federal court decision with the Miami Dade residency restrictions had a stink smell all over it). I would let more cases be won in other Federal courts until I have a pile load of Federally won cases before I touch Florida again(with an overwhelming defense). A win in Florida can be done, but not without the proper strategy,ammunition and at the right time.

      • AJ

        Yeah, FL is going to have be conquered through overwhelming forces against. Once enough neighboring states and/or Federal courts make them a pariah, they’ll start to change. Given their Circuit, the 11th, is comprised of the USVI, AL, GA and FL…good luck getting wisdom, reason and consideration of civil liberties. Or, SCOTUS could do a nationwide smack-down this fall with Packingham and Snyder (praying still and again). FL is a state that’s a problem not only during election time. Until things change it needs to be avoided like the plague by RCs.


        • Harry

          I visit Florida before my “Club Membership” it had the plague, then. I avoided since.

        • Bob

          From the Florida Action Committee website.

          11th Circuit DENIES Miami-Dade’s Motion for Rehearing!!!

          The order has finally come back from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and they have DENIED Miami-Dade County’s request for a rehearing! This is great news, it means that our Sex Offender Residency Restriction (SORR) challenge in Miami-Dade County can now proceed, it means that the 11th Circuit is finding, consistently with other federal circuits across the country, that there are constitutional issues with SORRs, and it means that there just might be relief at the end of the tunnel for the 250 individuals living alongside the railroad tracks in Miami-Dade and the thousands of other individuals in Florida who are legislated into homelessness because of these ineffective laws.

          This is great news and will be HUGE! crossing fingers……

  3. C

    So encouraging to hear of victories here and there. God bless Janice and other civil rights warriors, not to mention the judges who have the wisdom amd courage to make the right decisions.

  4. A more detailed report

    This article gives a bit more depth to the story, including that the city acknowledged their goal was to drive RCs out of town! Also mentioned is the RCs are pursuing damages against the city. Yes!


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