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Sex Offenders Fight California Halloween Ban
Five sex offenders are challenging a ban that stops them from opening their doors to children on Halloween - with their lawyer comparing it to Nazi Germany's discrimination against Jews.
The ruling passed in Simi Valley, California, last month requires the offenders to post signs on their front doors saying: "No candy or treats at this residence."
It also bars them from displaying Halloween decorations or having exterior lighting on their property from 5pm to midnight on October 31.
Council members agreed that "traditional trick or treat activities associated with Halloween have the potential to provide significant opportunities for sex offenders to victimise minors".
The offenders' attorney filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleging the ordinance violates the First and 14th Amendments because it "suppresses and unduly chills protected speech and expression".
Janice Bellucci, who heads an advocacy group called California Reform Our Sex Offender Laws, told The Los Angeles Times that she plans to ask the judge for an injunction to keep the city from enforcing its new law, particularly the requirement to have a sign in the front yard.
"To us, it's similar to branding," she told the newspaper. "We can think of what happened in Nazi Germany, where Jews had to appear in public wearing yellow stars."
City Attorney Marjorie Baxter told the Ventura County Star, which first reported on the lawsuit, that the city law was modeled on similar preemptive laws in other parts of Southern California.
"We thoroughly researched the ordinance and I don't feel the lawsuit has any merit, and we will defend it vigorously," she said.
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what do you think?
They are sick! They lost their rights the moment they chose to be paedos. I bet that woman defending them would not be so keen to allow sex offenders near her children!
if she has any .
sorry but use the germany jew link here and gas the pedophiles
Completely agree with the ban. Why would they want to open their doors anyway? You'd think they would want to stay well away from kids...unless of course they have other intentions. They should also add to the sign about no candy "Sex offender lives here"
I'm sorry but comparing peadophile's to INNOCENT jewish people is just laughable
if it saves 1 kid from these evil monsters then this law 200% needed, as Rankin said these characters are lucky they ain't been gassed, and now they want rights for allowing kids near their door. can not see them in a million years winning the case, but in America you have the right to take things to court however ridiculous the case is.
The difference is, the Jews in Germany had done nothing wrong................
Orange, You have refused to post a comment of mine because it include the words "N**i Germany". Since the above article contains the same words, can you explain this ?? I have amended the comment to read simply "Germany"............
Has the world gone mad. The children need protecting from these people, they certainly don't have the inclination not to offend against the children so I really don't understand the argument and to compare it with the discrimination against the Jewish by Hitler and the N***'s is an insult to all those people who suffered from it. Just sick.
The fact they are even trying to fight this should be reason to investiagte these people again. They are practically saying "I demand the right to lure children to my house"
I imagine if you were a convicted sex offender, you would normally want to keep your head down....... let alone draw attention to the fact you are on a register
known paedophiles shouldn't be allowed to live in the broader society where they can get access to children. let alone answer the door to trick and treaters.
if we knew where and who the pedophiles were,it would be simple to keep your kids away from them,but some people for reasons unknown to me and the rest of us WHY they should be allowed to keep there sick pervertion hidden, incase it again i will say this IT INFRINGES ON THERE HUMAN RIGHTS, the american amendments might say your right to bare arms.but i does not say you have the right to rape children,
personally i find trick or treaters an unmitigated nuisance! so I'm taking inspiration from this report; printing out "pervert alert" over a picture of jimmy savile..