Friday, August 21, 2009
Ind. Decisions - "Indiana court lets sex offender park ban stand"
Although the ILB has yet to receive, and thus post, a Clerk's Transfer List from last week or this week, this story was posted this afternoon from the AP:
The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to overturn an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from parks in the Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield.For background, see this ILB entry from August 19th.
The court declined to hear the case by a 4-1 vote, letting stand without comment a state Court of Appeals ruling upholding the 2002 ordinance.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had sought a ruling to clarify the court's stand on such local ordinances. The court has generally declined to strike down laws restricting the activities of sex offenders but has found constitutional problems with enforcement in certain cases.
Plainfield town attorney Mel Daniel said officials were pleased with the decision released on Thursday.
ACLU attorney Ken Falk said the group might now drop a lawsuit over a similar ordinance in Greenwood.