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 Lynn Lavern Burbey broke the law by failing to register his address within 72 hours.

State law says sex offenders with registration requirements must report their new address within that time. But under a 2006 change in the law, people who are homeless are given 90 days to report where they are staying.  (Source)

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