Sex offense registration for life unconstitutional, says SC Supreme Court

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      By Meg Kinnard . . . South Carolina’s Supreme Court says a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life without prior judicial review is unc
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      Mike

      This is good to hear. I’ve been thinking of challenging my need to be on the registry in Michigan. Currently on year 11 out of 25. Stayed clean and clear the entire time.

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      Matthew Stephenson

      Just to be sure I understand what is happening.
      1.Did the court determined it was inconsistent with the US Constitution or with a state constitution?

      2. Is the ruling limited solely to lifetime supervision, or does it have any implications for registration in the state in general?

      3. How helpful is this as precedent in litigation outside of SC?

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      Aj

      It is good to see another state come to their senses on this lifetime registration situation, all of which began in 1 state, then went like dominoes throughout the U.S.
      However, this is just that, a state. One can try to set precedence by filing in your prevailing state.
      I’ve consulted many Lawyers on my case, i hear the same story, 50,000.00 bucks or more, with NO guarentee of winning the case or getting off the lifetime registry.
      The United States Supreme Court rules it is not punishment, Until the Attorney General of the U.S.
      Says it is or the Supreme Court finally sees it for what it is, i see no changes, some small victories, but one needs to win the war.
      I have been subjected to laws passed 15 yrs after my sentence, and 20 yrs after my sentence i was put on lifetime registration.
      I live in another State, so am subject to 2 sets of rules. On one registration form i am informed to initial every rule, whether or not it applies to me.
      My crime was 39 yrs ago. I was 29. I will be 69 in 2 weeks. Not even the same person.
      The registry needs to stop period.

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