COLUMBIA - The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether residency restrictions are unconstitutional.
The unnamed sex offender claims the 2004 law requiring him to live more than 1000 feet from a school cannot be applied because he was convicted in 1999. A unique provision in the Missouri Constitution prohibits, "laws retrospective in operation."
- Unique? Ex post facto is in ALL constitutions!
The Missouri Supreme Court held in a 2008 case the state could not force a sex offender to move if she or he had lived at the same address prior to the 2004 passage of the law.
Amendments to the Missouri Constitution that would allow this law to be applied retroactively failed in 2007 and 2008.
One parent told KOMU 8 News these rulings could be the start of a disturbing trend and could impact the safety of her children.
"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)
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