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SoCal Judge Blocks Part Of Jessica's Law

The judge says the law's restrictions may undermine public safety.

KTLA News

6:10 PM EDT, November 4, 2010

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LOS ANGELES -- The law restricting sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools has been temporarily blocked by a California judge.

The ruling halts enforcement of portions of the measure known as Jessica's Law.

It forbids sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of a public or private school, or a park where children gather.

Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza's ruling this week says parolees are forced to become homeless or go to prison because the law gives them few housing options.

Espinoza says the restrictions may undermine public safety.

Jessica's Law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida girl who was raped and murdered in February 2005 by John Couey, a previously convicted sex offender.

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