Judge Rules Sex Offender Law Unconstitutional

When Kentucky's new sex offender law went into effect last October, Lexington police officers went door-to-door looking for convicted sex offenders. The law ruled that they could no longer live within 1,000 feet of a church, school, day care or a park with a pool. But now a Kentucky judge has ruled the law is unconstitutional.

The ruling came after several sex offenders in Louisville who were in violation took legal action claiming the new residence restrictions violated their rights. Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Donald Armstrong agreed.

He ruled the law is unconstitutional and should not apply to anyone convicted prior to the date it went into effect. Armstrong also said it should only affect accused sex offenders with pending criminal charges. The judge said convicted sex offenders who have already served their debt to society should not be dealt another penalty, years, even decades after their crime.

For now, the ruling only impacts cases involved in the suit. However, the attorney representing the offenders said he hopes other judges will consider the decision when evaluating other cases.

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