UPDATED 8/21/23: Corrections to the Paris, Wisconsin 6,500 Feet Residency Restriction by the 7th Circuit

UPDATED Source: floridaactioncommittee.org 8/21/23

Attorneys with the Paris case (6500-foot residence restriction) have contacted us [Florida Action Committee] to correct misstatements that were made in our most recent post.  They let us know there is much to be optimistic about in the court’s decision as they are putting some brakes on municipal ordinances that have spiraled out of control in Wisconsin – something they have never done before.

We should not be reading this decision as countenancing 6500-foot zones more generally.  Attorney Adele Nicholas will be continuing to fight these restrictions.  Even though it is often an uphill battle, Ms. Nicholas does not see this decision as cause for despair but is optimistic the residence restriction of 6500 feet in Paris will be lifted.  Other affordable rental properties will also be back in permissible zones.  Progress is being made and will make a big difference for registrants in Paris.

All of this is due to Ms. Nicholas’ work.

We appreciate the following corrections to our post that were sent to us:

Read the full, updated 8/21/23 article



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Yep. Taylor or Price County. At least a mile from a neighbor, hehe. Shall we appeal to a higher court mayhaps?

First of all. The town of Paris is a 4 way stop with 2 bars and a automobile repair shop that was a gas station, and a motorcycle shop. That is it. You got a few houses around, but the town has no other streets!!! The town encompasses 36 square miles and has a population of 1400. I live 13 miles from the town, and work 2 miles from it. Paris only has a small school and daycare attached to a church. But the is about two miles from the town center. To put up 6500 ft limit is only punishment to prevent anyone from moving around the area. Once I get my 15 year registry requirement back I will stay in this sh#t hole state just to deregister and move. The 7th circuit Court of appeals are stupid. Even though Wisconsin is ran by Democrats, they are just as corrupt as any political party.

So when is enough going to be enough? How in the world did this hold up in the 7th Cir? This a loss for PFRs. Even though it is some out of the way backwater, the decision is reckless. It should absolutely be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Residence restrictions do not make the public safer yet that doesn’t seem to be argued effectively in the courts. I’m not sure but I think the entire registry is a violation of compelled speech somehow?
But the biggest point is that I just don’t think the ineffectiveness argument is being pushed. Surely there is plenty of evidence to support the failure of registry schemes.

I don’t remember the details, but I seem to remember a couple of cases out of Kenosha or Racine County which were handled in the state courts and had much better results for the PFR. Curious why this ended up in the Federal Courts if there was state court history with good results.

…WS states that a former sex offender may not take up residence within 6,500 feet of any school property…

I thought there was no such thing as a “former sex offender”; Once you are a sex offender you will always be considered a sex offender.

Back in 2008 I tried to move to Corona California but the registering officer some lame azz detective wouldn’t register me there, said because of residency restrictions the whole city of Corona was off limits.

No results found.

Folks, that’s FORMER S/O (RC) that is inclusive to Paris, WI 6,500 res restricts. !!!
after coming off the Reg.

Someone explain to me how not allowing a PFR to attend a place of worship is not a blatant violation of the First Amendment.

6500 ft is pure banishment and shouldn’t be considered anything else and one doesn’t need a law degree to figure it out.

The whole registry mess is so discouraging. And I’m an optimist by nature, but this situation is bleak.

Florida Action Committee issued a major correction to their incorrect assumptions about the 7th Circuit decision:

Banishment is unconstitutional. In this case, that is unquestionably what this “restriction” amounts to. No way it would actually fly.

I was under the impression that all of these residency restriction zones were challenged on the premise that ALL people pay taxes, and those taxes are what is used to build the public infrastructure, therefore, even RSO’s cannot be kept from any property that exists because it was built with taxpayer funds.

Does someone know differently?

Hmmm, did the judge cite “deeply rooted in this nation’s history and tradition*.” 🙄

*memorable “reasoning” from the SCOTUS Dobbs Abortion ruling 😒

I drove thru that town before. It’s a real sh*thole…..just like the rest of the state