Lawyer plans to sue West, hopes for repeal of sex offender restrictions

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Lawyer plans to sue West, hopes for repeal of sex offender restrictions

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 7:01 pm | Updated: 1:04 am, Sat Feb 6, 2016.

By STEPHANIE BUTTS sbutts@wacotrib.comWaco Tribune-Herald

Denton attorney Richard Gladden plans to sue the city of West within the month on behalf of an advocacy group, claiming the council violated state law by enacting a city ordinance restricting where sex offenders may live within city limits.  West is one of 46 general-law cities that received letters of intent from Gladden in November on behalf of the Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, a nonprofit that advocates for better legislation regarding the sex offender registry and restrictive ordinances.  West’s sex offender ordinance prohibits any individual who is required to register with a local law enforcement agency for a violation involving a child 17 or younger from living within 2,000 feet of locations where children normally gather.

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Group plans to sue West over residence restriction for sex offenders

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Group plans to sue West over residence restriction for sex offenders

Posted: Feb 02, 2016 10:59 PM CST

By Estephany Escobar
 
WEST –

A group with a mission to promote a more balanced, effective and rational criminal justice in Texas plans to sue the city of West for a city ordinance that restricts where registered sex offenders live.

According to Richard Gladden, the attorney for Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, in November he notified 46 cities in Texas, including the city of West, about repealing their city ordinance to avoid being sued.

Registered sex offenders in West must live 2,000 feet from child safety zone, such as a school or a park.

The group said the restrictions in the city of West limit where registered sex offenders and their families can live.

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Suit alleges California database violates law, prompted attacks

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Suit alleges California database violates law, prompted attacks

By · Monday, November 16, 2015 · 3:35 pm

An advocacy group is challenging California in a controversial lawsuit over a public sex offender database, claiming the state’s inaction has led to the fatal attacks of four individuals.

The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 10 by a pair of registered sex offenders and the advocacy group California Reform Sex Offender Laws, alleges that Attorney General Kamala Harris and the state’s Department of Justice have repeatedly failed to adequately update a website established to publish the names and locations of offenders, in violation of state and federal law. Now, they’re asking that a judge compel the state to fully revise the site, or shut down the database until the changes can be made.

The complaint charges that roughly 92 percent of offender profiles on the site “lack either the year of conviction or the year of release, or both, among other errors and omissions,” even though the department already has the necessary information to update the profiles.

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REGISTRANTS SUE CA DEPT OF JUSTICE

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REGISTRANTS SUE CA DEPT OF JUSTICE — DEMAND IMPROVEMENTS TO, OR END OF, MEGAN’S LAW WEBSITE

Lawsuit: California breaks the law on sex offender website

Don Thompson, Associated Press

Updated 5:28 pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

**   Lawsuit: California breaks the law on sex offender website  ** (Click On Link To Read Full Article)

California Reform Sex Offender Laws (CA RSOL) and two registrants today will file a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting immediate changes to, or in the alternative, the ending of, the state’s Megan’s Law website. The request is based upon the failure of the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) to comply with a state law that required the agency to add conviction and release dates to individuals’ profiles on that website by 2010. 

 

46 cities face challenge to sex-offender residency laws

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46 cities face challenge to sex-offender residency laws 

Mike Ward | on November 9, 2015
 
Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, a statewide criminal-justice advocacy group, announced Monday it has” initiated action to compel, through litigation if necessary,” the repeal of the ordinances in so-called “general law” cities — the latest challenge to the residency limitations in Texas and across the country.

In 2007, then-Attorney General Greg Abbott clarified that under a state law that “general law” cities with a population of 5,000 residents or less cannot enact local ordinances that regulate where registered sex offenders can live, according to the group.

46 cities face challenge to residency laws 

How the Supreme Court used a made-up statistic to expand sex offender registries

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How the Supreme Court used a made-up statistic to expand sex offender registries

Updated by on August 20, 2015, 11:41 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court is supposed to be the most respected and trusted judicial body in the US. It hands down decisions that affect hundreds of millions of Americans. And it’s not easy for a case to work up to the highest court, much less get a hearing.

But what if the Supreme Court’s decisions were occasionally based on a totally made-up statistic?