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Halloween sex offender law blocked in Simi Valley

October 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a key provision of a local law that targets registered child sex offenders in Simi Valley.

The judge says the city cannot require convicted child sex offenders to post signs outside their homes during Halloween that say "no candy or treats at this residence."

However, they are still banned from decorating their homes or opening their doors to trick-or-treaters. They also must turn off outdoor lighting from dusk to midnight on Wednesday.

The decision comes after a group of sex offenders and their wives sued the city claiming the recently-passed law was unconstitutional.

A full hearing will be held next month.