City bans sex offenders from displaying Halloween decorations

Sex offenders file lawsuit to decorate for Halloween

Published On: Oct 04 2012 12:29:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2012 03:05:19 PM EDT
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SIMI VALLEY, Ca. -

A group of sex offenders in California is suing for the right to decorate their homes on Halloween.

The city of Simi Valley recently passed an ordinance banning sex offenders from setting up outdoor lights and decorations. Some offenders are also required to post a sign that says, "No candy or treats at this residence."

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An attorney representing five sex offenders in a class action lawsuit claims the ordinance is discriminatory and violates their freedom of speech.

Residents in Simi Valley had mixed opinions.  

"I think it's a positive thing, really I hate to see it have to happen, but that's the way people are today," said Roger Ellis.

"It's a hard call, it's a very very hard call. I don't think it's necessary to put a sign," said resident Jeanne Buff. "I do think it probably would be best not to have a light and a pumpkin open up 'come here.'"

Florida currently has a "No Candy" law, which restricts paroled sex offenders from distributing candy and wearing costumes on Halloween.