Sex Offenders Sue to Overturn Halloween Restrictions

| by Michael Allen

Five Simi Valley, California sex offenders are suing the city over limits to their Halloween activities.

Their lawyer, Janice Bellucci, is head of the group California Reform Sex Offender Laws.

Last Friday, Bellucci filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Simi Valley's law violates her clients' First Amendment rights, reports NBC Los Angeles.

The law bans registered sex offenders from displaying Halloween decorations, answering the door to trick-or-treaters or having outside lighting after dark on Oct. 31. They are also required to post signs with on their front doors reading: "No candy or treats at this residence."

Bellucci told NBC Los Angeles: "We consider that to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution. It's similar to Jews in Nazi Germany who had to wear the yellow star on their clothing."

Simi Valley councilman and LAPD officer Mike Judge told NBC Los Angeles: "This law was generated by citizens asking the City Council to do something. And it didn’t seem unreasonable for the City Council to take it up."

"As far as I’m concerned, our law doesn’t go as far as other laws in the state of California and it still, in our opinion, protects our children a little bit better than not having it."