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Name: People v. Parker
Case #: B182681
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 6
Opinion Date: 08/02/2006

Parker appealed from the order denying his petition for a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon under Penal Code section 4852.01 et seq. He contended that California’s five-year residency requirement violated his constitutional right to travel by providing for disparate treatment for resident and nonresident ex-felons. The appellate court rejected the argument, finding that California has a legitimate and substantial interest in requiring sufficient residency to determine whether a petitioner’s conduct warrants a certificate stating that he is rehabilitated.