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Sex offender housing restrictions: where the law, common sense and politics collide

It seemed simple enough. A law on the city of San Diego’s books to restrict where registered sex offenders can live has provisions deemed unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court.

City Attorney Mara Elliott wanted the City Council to repeal the ordinance because San Diego could still be sued with it in place, even though the law hasn’t been enforced for years.

But on Aug. 1, a majority of council members balked. It seems nothing is actually simple in politics when it comes to doing anything that could be distorted as going easy on sex offenders, no matter the logic or law. Full Article

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  1. AJ

    This seems to be a good piece for us, showing the idiocy, frankly, of the SD City Council. I’m sure there will be many citizens who will focus on how it’s wrong that the court ruled as it did, etc., instead of accepting the facts and truth the court decided. If one accepts the court ruling, even if disagreeing with it, the 5 members of the Council look foolish. I’m guessing the Council will see the light and repeal before it actually heads to trial. Expect some sort of soap-boxing and grandstanding associated with it.

    • Lovecraft

      Something to the effect of: “The city council reluctantly repeals the residency restrictions due to the overwhelming support the rc’s have received from courts in surrounding counties. The council believes that the courts deem rc’s consitutional rights greater than those protecting children from predators. Shame on the courts.” Does that sound about right?

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