A federal judge on Tuesday knocked down a city ordinance that severely restricts where registered sex offenders can live in San Diego.

The ruling deals a final blow to a law that hasn’t been enforced for the past decade due to similar legal challenges but has nonetheless remained on the books.

The lawsuit filed by two unnamed registered sex offenders — identified only as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 — disputes the 2008 ordinance that prohibits them from living within 2,000 feet of a school, playground, park, library, amusement center, arcade or day care facility.

Janice Bellucci, who represents the John Does in the lawsuit, said the Council’s refusal to repeal the ordinance, well after the Supreme Court ruling, was “based on politics and not the law.”


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