Indiana judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit targeting new sex offender law


By: Rick Callahan/Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has dismissed a lawsuit that argued a new state law wrongfully barred two registered sex offenders from attending church services because their churches have schools on their grounds.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the state’s attorneys sought the dismissal after the state determined the law does not in fact bar the two men from attending their respective churches.

An Elkhart County judge dismissed the suit Oct. 22 and ordered the two sides to pay their own costs and attorneys’ fees.

The ACLU of Indiana argued that the law that took effect in effect in July and bans many sex offenders from going onto school property at any time also barred the men from attending their churches because they have schools on their grounds.