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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:44 AM

Sex Offender May Have a Case for Not Registering

Sex Offender May Have a Case for Not Registering

(CN) - Sex offenders do not need to register if they were convicted before enactment of a 2006 federal law, unless the attorney general makes that specific finding, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The majority reversal offers relief to Billy Joe Reynolds who pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly failing to register and update a registration, in violation of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Reynolds had spent four years in prison years earlier stemming from his 2001 conviction of a Missouri sex offense. Though Reynolds registered as a Missouri sex offender when he got out of prison, he moved to Pennsylvania in 2007 without updating his Missouri registration information or registering in Pennsylvania.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act became law in July 2006, but it was not for another seven months that the attorney general promulgated interim rules applying the registration requirements to "all sex offenders, including sex offenders convicted of the offense for which registration is required prior to the enactment of that act."

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/01/23/43256.htm

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. The sex offender list has become meaningless

to me because they add juveniles (or young men or women) that got caught making out with someone they didn't really know well enough to know that they were too young.

If the authorities want to make the list meaningful, they need to incorporate classifications of offense into the list to indicate their risk.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:13 PM

2. They should leave it up to a du jury to decide if each offender gets that designation

I can imagine the flamewars

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:17 PM

3. Meaningless but very harmful to those on it

Teens who are in love can be branded as sex offenders for life and suffer horribly for it. In Florida "sex offenders" are not allowed to live anywhere so they camp under a bridge. I hope parents will tell their kids that admitting to having sex can destroy your partner's life. This has been discussed for years but nothing changes. Depressing.

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