WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether states can require ID cards or drivers licenses to identify people as convicted sex offenders.
A Louisiana man, Tazin Hill, challenged a state law that required him to carry an identification card that included the words “sex offender” in all-capital letters after he was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
Hill said the law violated the First Amendment by forcing him to convey the government’s message. A state court judge agreed, finding that the sex-offender designation was not “the least restrictive way to further the state’s legitimate interest of notifying law enforcement” of a person’s status, and suggesting that the state could find a more discreet alternative.
Louisiana’s Supreme Court concurred with that conclusion, so the state’s lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court. But the court denied review without comment Monday.