This is a class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court which challenges the constitutionality of a law that makes it a crime for certain sex offenders to reside within 1,000 feet of a school.  The suit argues that the residency prohibition that the law places on all Level 3 sex offenders is unconstitutionally vague, violates due process, retroactively punishes those who have already completed their sentences, and interferes with “liberty and privacy interests while bearing no rational relationship to a legitimate purpose.” Current Status: Lawsuit filed in October 2015.

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Lynette Labinger & John E. MacDonald

Date filed

October 29, 2015