Sex offenders sue Minnesota city over restrictions

Cities that pass Draconian sex offender ordinances that amount to banishment should expect to be challenged, as is the case with the city of Dayton, Minnesota, which is being sued by three registered sex offenders who say the city’s ordinance is unconstitutional.The men are challenging a far-reaching 2016 ordinance that bars convicted sex offenders from living within […]

Former Minnesota sex offender challenges residency restrictions

From the minnlawyer.com website, a case to watch in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Nebraska. A man is challenging residence restrictions in West St. Paul, Minnesota.On Oct. 2, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in Snyder v Doe, a decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Minnesota sex offender case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Minnesota’s sex offender civil commitment program. The decision leaves open the question whether Minnesota politicians will make needed, and promised reforms to the program. While state leaders vowed to continue making changes to the program, others noted that pressure from the court to do so is […]

Supreme Court could decide future of civil commitment

The Supreme Court will decide this week whether to take up a case challenging Minnesota’s Sex Offender Treatment (civil commitment) Program. Maurice Chammah reports in an article for the Marshall Project.If someone finishes a prison sentence for a violent sexual crime, but might still be dangerous, should he be released? How do you know if he’s […]

Cato: Even sex offenders have constitutional rights

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled North Carolina’s law banning registered sex offenders from social media cites unconstitutional, the Cato Institute says the Court should take up a challenge to Minnesota’s civil commitment program.In 1994, Minnesota passed what has become arguably the most aggressive and restrictive sex-offender civil-commitment statute in the country. The Minnesota […]

MN sex offenders ask Supreme Court to rule on civil commitment

A group of registered sex offenders in Minnesota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule whether that state’s civil commitment program violates the U.S. Constitution.In a petition filed Friday, attorneys representing the offenders allege that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) infringes on their fundamental due process rights by operating a program without the […]

Court rules Minnesota civil commitment program is constitutional

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court decision in ruling that Minnesota’s sex offender civil commitment program is constitutional. Judge Donovan Frank ruled against the program in 2015.The appeals court ruled that Frank erred in finding the program unconstitutional, saying he held the state to an overly high standard when he declared the […]

Must watch: Patty Wetterling speaks at Birchwood (MN) city council meeting

Patty Wetterling shared her wisdom with residents of Birchwood, Minnesota during a recent city council meeting. The town has considered a sex offender residency restriction ordinance, and Wetterling speaks with compassion for both offenders and victims and tries to dispel fear.“It’s fear that tears people apart,” she said at a meeting in Birchwood, a community […]

Sex offenders face backlash in Minnesota

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports how many communities in Minnesota are scrambling to enact restrictive sex offender residency restrictions. The ordinances are a backlash against recent court rulings against the state’s sex offender civil commitment program. More than 40 communities have passed restrictions. As per The Crime Report:The city of Dayton, 25 miles northwest of the […]

Family Takes in Sex Offender, Hysteria Ensues

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the heartbreaking story of the backlash sparked by a family’s attempt to take in a family member who is a Level III sex offender.For 50 years, the Jefferson family has lived in the same home in Birchwood Village on southwestern White Bear Lake.Patriarch Tom Jefferson started an insurance agency that still […]