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ATTORNEY SEEKS CHANGES TO SEX OFFENDER LAW

Some Brookings residents have hired a lawyer to make their case that Curry County cops can do more to implement Oregon's sex offender law.

"Although most of (the law's) notice provisions are discretionary," attorney Paul Pierson writes in an Oct. 1 letter, "there appears to be good reason for exercising that discretion on the side of public safety."

The letter has been sent to 29 county and law enforcement officials who make up the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC).

Pierson argues in the letter that the law can be used to prevent incidents like the July 29 murder of Carol Zimmerman by a convicted rapist.

At a Sept. 19 forum with Brookings residents and later at a Sept. 23 LPSCC meeting, law enforcement officials said their hands are tied by the law.

Residents asking for looser restrictions on when and how they can be told there is a sex offender living in the area have been encouraged to talk to legislators about changing the law.

But Pierson argues the LPSCC is able to address the matter directly and that legislative reform is unnecessary.

"My mother died as a result of an unsolved rape in this community in 1989," said Pamela Salyer, one of the people Pierson is representing.

"Laws are in place to notify the public when predatory sex offenders live here, and I just want to see them enforced in Curry County," said Salyer.

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