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Supreme Court May Take Up Va. Sex Registry Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — She was a 24-year-old swimming instructor who had a sexual affair with a male student under 16.

The woman was convicted in Virginia in 1993 of unlawful sex with a teenager and served 30 days in jail. She was listed on the state’s sex offender registry, and could have tried to get her name removed at some point, but didn’t.

Fifteen years later, the state passed a new law that reclassified her and thousands of others as violent sex offenders. The woman — identified in court papers only as Jane Doe — has unsuccessfully challenged the law, and now her lawsuit is on the agenda Friday when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court meet in private to consider taking up new cases. Full Article

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I wish I could hope this would be positive for registrants, but I see no reason to even hope this appellant will prevail. SCOLUS is not looking for excuses to overrule onerous requirements placed on former sex offenders, and without that attitude, I see no chance for this. In fact, it seems to me her arguments have already been ruled on, including the due process challenge.

So, here is the big question. What if she had had removed her name from the registry? Would this still be an issue?

Considering that they returned the names of registrants that have originally been taken off, it is likely her name would have been included, though nothing of course is certain. I AM certain, however, that if SCOTUS takes this case, it will be the first case since Smith v. Doe that they will hear with regard to the registry. There have been other cases involving sex offenders, but none having to do with the registry or any of its inherent restrictions, such as residency, travel, employment, education, proximity, and other such restrictions that trigger felony-level punishments for non-compliance of this “civil”… Read more »

NPR refused to allow my comment to post (no surprise), but thanks to RSOL CA. my comments can be heard. There are many issues involved here. The sovereign right of a parent (any parent) to be with their child in public places is mandated not just by natural law (a mother bear even has the right to be with her cubs) but also spiritual law and Constitutional law. The reason for having a sex offender registry was for the worst of the worst (child molesters and rapist) but if someone is deemed so bad then why are they even amongst… Read more »

If you want, keep an eye on ScotusBlog.

“On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the March 21 Conference. On both Tuesday and Wednesday we expect opinions in argued cases. We will begin live blogging both days at 9:45 a.m.”

I looking for the petitions and briefs over there.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x