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Police Delay Enforcement of State's Sex Offender Law Pending Outcome of Case

JUNE 2, 2004 - Posted at 9:09 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge has barred enforcement of an Arkansas law designed to keep sex offenders from living too close to schools or day-care centers until a legal challenge is resolved.

Last year, the state passed the law requiring high-risk sex offenders to move if they live within 2,000 feet of a school or day-care center.

Three men sued the Little Rock and Pine Bluff police departments and the state Department of Correction last month claiming the law violates their civil rights.

Officials say the order by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright means the law cannot be enforced until the challenge is decided.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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