US Supreme Court declines Michigan sex offender registry case

WXYZPublished: October 3, 2017
Published: October 3, 2017

Michigan's sex offender registry law must be rewritten after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that found the state was treating people as "moral lepers" by saddling them with excessive restrictions. The Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the state, 13 months after a federal appeals court struck down many retroactive rules as unconstitutional. In 2006, Michigan lawmakers changed the law to prohibit registrants from living, working or even loitering within 1,000 feet of a school. Five years later, the Legislature said registrants should be divided into three tiers solely on the type of conviction, not based on any individual assessment. The rules were made retroactive. The law "resembles, in some respects at least, the ancient punishment of banishment," appeals court Judge Alice Batchelder wrote for the 3-0 majority.

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