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September 5, 2007

More on residency restrictions in Ohio

Following up this developing story, my local Columbus Dispatch has this new article discussing sex offender residency restrictions in Ohio.  The article, entitled "Two cities differ on sex-offender laws," starts this way:

About the same time last night that Canal Winchester unanimously approved a law restricting where sex offenders can live, Grandview Heights rejected a similar measure 6-1, a decision that one councilman said "tormented" him.

And earlier in the day, a federal district court ruled that local laws dealing with residency can't punish sex offenders who committed crimes before those laws took effect.

This article notes that "Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann rebuked the federal court decision, saying it applies merely to one defendant."  This reporting seem to refer to this official statement from AG Dann's office.

UPDATE:  The federal district court opinion referenced in the article is available here.

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