SCOTUS won’t weigh in regarding defacement of Louisiana “sex offender” ID

By Ken Stickney . . . The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a Louisiana case that involved a man who defaced his state-issued identification badge by removing the designation “sex offender” from it. A petition to the high court from the Louisiana solicitor general for a writ of certiorari was denied, according to the court’s order list revealed…

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Michigan Supreme Court says registry is punishment.

By John Agar . . . MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court said requirements of the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act are an unconstitutional punishment for a man convicted years before the registry took effect. The man’s attorney said the ruling in the Muskegon County case would impact others who were convicted before registry rules were amended in…

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CO Supreme Court: Lifetime juvenile sex offender registration unconstitutional

By Shelly Bradbury . . . Juveniles cannot be mandated to register as lifelong sex offenders in Colorado if there is no way for offenders to be individually assessed or to later be removed from the registry, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-1 decision follows a new law signed by Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday that eliminates mandatory lifetime…

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Sex offense registration for life unconstitutional, says SC Supreme Court

By Meg Kinnard . . . South Carolina’s Supreme Court says a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life without prior judicial review is unconstitutional . . . According to the FAQ section of the state’s registry website, an offender will only be removed from the registry if the offense is “reversed, overturned, or vacated on appeal and a final…

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Louisiana legislative committee rejects marking registrants’ driver’s licenses

By Will Sentell . . . A bill that would require the driver’s license or identification card of sex offenders to carry a special designation was narrowly rejected Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee. State Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, said his proposal was aimed at protecting citizens while also complying with a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court. The court…

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TN Middle Court affirms earlier decision, orders two registrants removed from registry

By Travis Loller . . . A federal judge ruled Monday that Tennessee’s sex offender registration act is unconstitutional, at least as it was applied retroactively to two offenders. The ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee affects only the two men who sued, identified in court documents as John Doe #1 and John Doe…

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Houston has much to offer for the NARSOL National Conference Oct 8-10, 2021

NARSOL Conference 2021 Houston Skyline

The NARSOL National Conference, originally scheduled for June and postponed due to the COVID pandemic, will happen October 8-10, 2021 in beautiful Houston, Texas. As the (above) video shows, Houston is a great destination which offers much that goes above and beyond the amazing speakers, enlightening information, and wonderful connections that you’ll make at this event. Details are still being…

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Seventh Circuit orders names of six Indiana registrants removed from registry

By Olivia Covington . . . Six men required to register as sex offenders after moving to Indiana can have their names removed from the sex offender registry, the 7th Circuit has held, finding that the state’s registration law discriminates between offenders who have consistently lived in Indiana and those who more recently moved into the state. A dissenting judge, however,…

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California’s Supreme Court upholds lower court’s ruling re S.O. early parole

Associated Press . . . The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that inmates who have been convicted of nonviolent sex crimes may be eligible for early parole consideration as part of a ballot measure that nearly two-thirds of voters approved of four years ago. “The initiative’s language provides no indication that the voters intended to allow the (Corrections) Department to create…

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