JULY 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal appeals court yesterday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by three Arkansas sex offenders who had challenged a state law that barred them from living within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare center.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged Arkansas' law, which also requires sex offenders to register with the state.
In 2003, the state passed a law requiring high-risk sex offenders to move if they lived within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare center.
Three men sued the Little Rock and Pine Bluff police departments and the state Department of Correction, claiming the law violates their civil rights. The federal appeals court said it's in the state's legitimate interest to protect its children from potentially violent sex offenders.