Judge reverses ban blocking Georgia sex offender living restrictions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge did not extend a temporary order blocking the state of Georgia from banning sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of school bus stops.

U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper's order backs off an earlier ruling that blocked the state from enforcing the law.

In a federal lawsuit filed last month, the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights contended that the law renders vast tracts of Georgia's residential areas off-limits to Georgia's roughly 11,000 offenders.

State attorneys argue that the provision is necessary to protect children. They also disputed claims that sex offenders would be forced to move, arguing that untold numbers of the state's bus stops are not officially designated by a school board.

Cooper seemed swayed by the state's argument. He said he found no evidence that indicated whether local school boards had designated bus stops.

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