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Supreme Court turns away woman’s challenge to Virginia sex offender registry law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of a Virginia woman who claims the state’s sex offender registry law is unconstitutional.

The woman was reclassified as a violent sex offender 15 years after being convicted of unlawful sex with minor in a case that did not involve any violence. The reclassification subjects her to a ban on entering her children’s schools without first seeking permission from state courts and the local school board.

The woman was identified only as Jane Doe in court records. She says the process unfairly risks revealing her children’s identity and could take years to resolve.

Lower courts had rejected her case on procedural grounds, saying she failed to first exhaust state remedies. Article

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