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Georgia's sex offender law hit by justices again

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 26, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Supreme Court Tuesday struck down another provision of the state's sex offender law.

Justices said the provision requiring an automatic life sentence for sex offenders who repeatedly fail to register constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment."

The 6 to 1 Georgia Supreme Court decision said that a sentence of life imprisonment is so harsh in comparison to the crime that it is unconstitutional.

This latest ruling again chips away at the state law which bans sex offenders from living or working within one thousand feet of schools, churches, parks, gyms, swimming pools, or bus stops.

Attorney Jerry Brimberry said legislators need to start over and re-write the state's sex offender law.

Brimberry said "I think they have to apply some common sense to them. I think the common sense is missing on this. When this legislation first came into being, I frankly thought it was a knee jerk reaction. I think they need to apply more common sense."

The Georgia Court last month struck down a part of the law because it fails to tell homeless registered sex offenders how they can comply.....and federal judges are considering a lawsuit that claims banning sex offenders from volunteering at churches is illegal.

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