LA County Judge Blocks Jessica’s Law

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a law restricting how close sex offenders can live to parks and schools in Los Angeles County.

Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza issued the ruling Monday, saying that parolees are forced to become homeless or go to prison because the law gives them few housing options.

The ruling halts enforcement of the measure known as Jessica’s Law, which forbids sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of a public or private school or a park where children gather.

Espinoza says the restrictions have increased the homeless population and may undermine public safety.

The ruling is temporary, pending final resolution of a flood of lawsuits being filed on behalf of sex offender parolees.

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  • 1900innoho

    You molest children, you should never be allowed near them again. No sympathy for the child molesters. Move to the desert or ‘East-Jesus’, just get the hell out of our neighborhoods. You have proven that they are not responsible. Damn liberal judges.

    • c

      this article says nothing about “child molesters”. sex offenders are registered by law. you have the choice to move away if that is the way you feel. don’t strip away the rights of a citizen because you are uncomfortable with their lifestyle. in reality a 2000′ limit does NOTHING to address the real problem. it just pacifies people like you…so full of hatred.

    • Emily

      Sex Offenders are NOT ALL child molesters and rapists, idiots! Are you all ignorant??? Seriously, guys… My son’s friend is 18 yrs old and his girlfriend is 17. His girlfriend’s parents got upset with him and called the cops. Long story short, he now has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life because, technically, on paper, he was an “adult” having sex with a “kid” or a “minor.”

      And while he was in jail, he shared that there are a lot of” teenagers” (18 and 19) in jail for similar things where their girlfriends were only 16 or 17.

      Something is really wrong with this law. It’s getting out of hand. And it doesn’t help that the general public is all blind to this. We have all been trained to think of all registered sex offenders and child molesters and rapists. That is soooooo not true!!!

  • Lester

    Someone check this judge’s compute for child porn. It is this type of people that perpetuate more crimes against children.

  • desert rat

    Don’t send them out here put all of them on a deserted island where they have fun with each other and fend for food.

  • Chester

    If I was 19 when I slept with my 17 year old girlfriend, should I forced to live on the streets? I am not saying child molesters should be around ANY children, but there has to be a better way.

    • c

      you’re right. our system does absolutely nothing to address what drives these people to commit the crimes. like so many other government programs, its about the money not the people.

  • meline

    They are sick people, they always going to do it once they have a chance. If you decide to set the free that at list keep them far away from our cchildren. They cannot be trusted never ever.

  • eric

    The judge is right. The law is ridiculous and would not prevent one child from being molested. AND…most sexual abuse happens IN THE HOME.

    • c

      look how few of these “comment’s” lack your common sense! it is sad that they are all begging to have rights taken away.

  • Skadi

    What?? Asinine rulings like this are why people think of not only Los Angeles, but California as a joke. Really? Are we REALLY going to jeopardize our children because some pedophiles can’t seem to find housing?? It’s not because baby rapers can’t find housing that the homeless population has increased. It’s because PEOPLE CAN”T AFFORD TO LIVE HERE. There are no jobs and an insane cost of living. BLEEP the perverts. Let them rot in jail or on the streets. They gave up their right to living wherever they want when they chose to harm the most defenseless among us. My solution has been and remains: build self-contained colonies out in the middle of the desert. There should be homes and jobs, People can’t go in or out without permission. Send those offenders there. They can work, earn money, and live away from the rest of society. Since we can’t keep them locked up or execute them.

    • c

      again, the article says NOTHING about “child molesters” or “pedophiles”. you should understand what you’re talking about before you get all worked up. now you’ve just spread your hate. maybe we should put you in one of your “colonies”.

    • Jet

      Yeah leave em homeless thats the solution until they break into your home or car… see how that works our for everyone

  • Lenny

    Leave it to an L.A., judge. As usual, the criminals have all the rights…

  • AJ Drum

    Good boy, Eric. Now, everybody knows what’s happening at your house. You and the Judge are both ridiculous. Invite him and the disenfranchised sex offenders to party with you and yours for a few days and nights.

  • g

    I think all child molesters should be severlly punished. However, not all sex offenders are child molesters. Those adults that get busted with other adults involved are not child molesters and should be able to live where they can and not restricted because of being throwen in the generalization of the sex offender being child molesters.

  • Thrust

    “Don’t strip away the rights of a citizen because you are uncomfortable with their lifestyle.”

    Lifestyle? Did you really mean to use the word “lifestyle” when referring to the perverted proclivities of registered sex offenders? Referring to sexual perversion as a lifestyle choice smacks of NAMBLA-speak, c.

    Word to the 19 year old who “did” a 17 year old, and now registers as a sex offender: stupid move, jack ass. Very stupid move….

    • c

      you cited an example of why my prior statement is valid in your own post against me. voyeurism is another example. I can see that your mind is too narrow to digest that!

  • fish wrap

    Its nice to know judges can decide what is good for people. These monsters should have it cut off.

  • bdj

    The article did not say child molesters, it said “SEX OFFENDERS”. While child molesters are sex offenders, do not read into the text anything that is not there.

  • Stephanie Miller

    Stench from the Bench!
    Using his own personal foreign jurisprudence to make this decision on US citizens. Liberalism is a mental disorder!

  • cobra

    @ c” your right the word child molester is not in the story but we all know JESSICA LAW is aimed at them thus this whole topic is about child molesters and not some 18 yr old who had sex willingly with his/her 17 yr old gf/bf i dont think many if any get busted for that one anyhow most sex offenders are people who flat raped someone or some child and personally weather you raped a kid or a woman/man i dont want you liveing near me.. make it simple if you convict someone of any form of rape (not statutory rape) then lock their butt up for the rest of their natural life and this whole issue goes away

  • Skadi

    For the people who keep ranting about the terms – it’s a matter of semantics. Not all sex offenders are child molesters, but all child molesters are sex offenders. It’s a blanket term that covers all the bases. How many of you have actually checked out the Megan’s Law website? You can see exactly what that registered sex offender’s crime was. A great deal of the ones I’ve seen are convicted of lewd acts on a minor under the age of 14. That is a CHILD MOLESTER! That is also a sex offender.

    Here’s the thing. if you were 19 and were convicted of sleeping with your 17 year old girlfriend, I don’t think you’re going to have as a hard time finding a place to live as a guy who has been convicted of raping a 13 year old boy. The crimes are there for all to see. No one cares or is talking about them and I don’t think there are so many that they’re on the streets. Those are not sick people and probably stay out of trouble for the most part. Child molesters re-offend. THEY are the ones that MUST be kept away from schools, parks, etc.

    • Emily

      “Here’s the thing. if you were 19 and were convicted of sleeping with your 17 year old girlfriend, I don’t think you’re going to have as a hard time finding a place to live as a guy who has been convicted of raping a 13 year old boy. ”

      You’d still be a registered sex offender!!! Hello!!! And the same 2,000 feet rule (Jessica’s Law) would also apply to you because the law loops the minor sex offenses with the REAL SEX OFFENSES. So the 18 yr old with a 17 yr old girlfriend would have just a hard of a time of find a place to live as the 50 yr old whole molested a 5yr old!!!

  • Jet

    why not put them and house them in the church since it seems most of the pedifiles nowadays and in the past came from the church and its abusive treatment of children for centuries….

    Lock em up with the preists who molested you while whispering holy things in your ear…

    And to the one guy the 19 yr old, I think thats a bit ridiculous throwing a 19 year old in jail and convicting him for his 17 yr old GF… I can see a someone much older molesting someone much younger, lets say an adult with a child or a much older man with a young teen but come on now…

    Didnt we learn in the 19th and 20th centuries that the so called penal colonies didnt work out…next we might as well just form concentration camps for everyone including pot smokers… that will be the solution… NOT….

    Tell these law enforcement, judges and politicians to just legalize pot and stop busting people for geting loaded that will free up more room for the real sex criminals…

  • jeff

    Sex offenders have a disease, an incurable disease. They will not be able to fight the urge to offend no matter what type of therapy or counseling they receive. Their minds are consumed by sex all day every day. If i ran the world, violent sex offenders, along with pedophiles, would be castrated upon being proven guilty. Extreme? Sure, but i’d be fine with cutting the balls off of thousands of sex offenders if it meant preventing an innocent child from being molested. Kids who are molested are never the same. Two of my ex girlfriends were victims of molestation. They’ve got huge issues. Just my humble 2 cents.


    IT is so ironic that a perverted person can rape,sodimize and murder a an innocent child, or teenager and people are concerned for their rights.What in the world is wrong with America? but young drug possessor can get the book thrown at them . I think all perverted grown men/or women who rape,murder and sodimize innocent children should all stay in prison with each other and then society will not have to worry about how many feet they are from schools /parks… hopefully the change will NOT STAND…

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