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Court tosses sex offender’s failure-to-register conviction

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction and seven-year prison sentence of a sex offender who failed to register with authorities when he left a halfway house and became homeless in Tucson. The high court said in a ruling that could affect an unknown number of other convictions that lower courts were wrong in finding that 45-year-old…

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AZ Supreme Ct: Can’t throw homeless sex offenders in jail for not having an address

By Howard Fischer…. Registered sex offenders who become homeless can’t be jailed for failing to immediately report their new address to law enforcement, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday. The justices acknowledged state law spells out that anyone who is required to register as a sex offender must inform the sheriff of a new address within 72 hours of moving. But Justice Clint…

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