Saturday, January 30, 2010

High Court May Review Pa. County's Predator Law High Court May Review Pa. County's Predator Law

Pittsburgh (AP) ― A federal court appeals court has asked the PA Supreme Court to review a western Pennsylvania county ordinance that limits where registered sex offenders may live.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wants the high court to determine whether Pennsylvania's Megan's Law — which requires some sexual predators to register with police — pre-empts the county ordinance. A federal judge in Pittsburgh last year struck down the Allegheny County ordinance, saying the statewide law invalidates it.

The ordinance aims to ban sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools, licensed child care facilities, community centers and public parks. The American Civil Liberties Union says sex offenders would have virtually no place to live in the county under the ordinance.