The $100 that Wisconsin sex offenders must pay every year for being listed on a registry is not an unlawful fine, a federal appeals court has ruled. But the court did not address other lifetime conditions of Wisconsin sex offender registration because it found the challengers lacked standing. The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by a Green Bay federal judge, and also thwarted the plaintiffs’ request to proceed as unnamed. Instead, the court added their names to the case.
U.S. District Judge William Griesbach had ruled the $100 fee amounted to a fine and therefore was an unlawful “ex post facto” punishment for the two plaintiffs, who had been convicted before Wisconsin adopted the sex offender monitoring law. Full Article