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Feb 1, 2010 1:38 PM

Calif court: Jessica's Law needs more hearings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Supreme Court has ordered more investigation into whether the state's sexually violent predator law is constitutional.

On Monday, a 5-2 court ruled that separate inquiries must be conducted into the claims of four registered sex offenders who allege they can't find a place to live because the voter-approved "Jessica's Law" prohibits them from residing within 2,000 feet of schools, parks and other places where children congregate.

The high court said it wasn't presented with enough evidence to support or refute the claims of the four convicts, who live in areas of the state with varying housing issues.

The majority court returned the cases to trial courts for more hearings, but did conclude that provisions of the 2006 Proposition 86 can be applied to sexually violent predators convicted before the law too effect.

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