OC to defend offender rules at state high court

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Orange County district attorney's office will go to the California Supreme Court to defend local regulations banning sex offenders from parks and beaches.

An appeals court ruled Friday that state law trumps the county regulations, dealing a serious setback to some of the strictest sex-offender rules in California.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1iPdkje ) that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who helped craft the laws, would appeal the ruling to the state's high court.

Passed in 201, Orange County's restrictions barred offenders from parks and beaches unless they got written permission from the sheriff.

The appeals judges on Friday found that the rule amounted to a "de facto registration requirement" and conflicts with laws passed by the state.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com