Clinton's Ban on Sex Offenders Questioned

Clinton's Ban on Sex Offenders Questioned

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CLINTON, Utah (AP) -- A new law banning convicted sex offenders from Clinton city parks is being questioned by several residents.

The Clinton City Council approved the ordinance last month. It bans all felony-convicted registered sex offenders from coming within 100 feet of city property where children are gathered.

Violation of the ordinance is a class C misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of just over one-thousand dollars and/or 90 days in jail.

The ordinance is expected to be discussed again when the City Council meets June 14th.

Salt Lake City civil rights attorney Brian M. Barnard said if a lawsuit is filed, it won't happened until after that June meeting.

Barnard clients includes a mix of concerned residents and registered sex offenders.

In the meantime, Barnard said he'll research similar ordinances in other states to determine which are being upheld and which are being attacked.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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