An ordinance from 2008 in Hartford City, Indiana established  300-foot “child safety zones” and imposed a fine for any sex offender who passed through them. Brian Valenti was cited for violating the ordinance while a passenger in his brother’s car across the street from a school, waiting to pick up his daughter. Valenti challenged the ordinance in court and won.

Judge Theresa Springmann did not strike down the ordinance but forbid Hartford City from fining those who violate it. Springmann found the ordinance violates the 14th Amendment and described it as “unconstitutionally vague.”

Read more from The Indiana Lawyer:

http://www.theindianalawyer.com/hartford-city-sex-offender-ordinance-unconstitutionally-vague/PARAMS/article/42182

Valenti v. Hartford:

http://media.ibj.com/Lawyer/websites/opinions/index.php?pdf=2016/december/hartford-city.pdf

 

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