March 6, 2013 Edition

Court upholds sex offender registry

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s highest court has upheld the state’s sex offender registration law in a narrow 4-3 decision, saying it does not violate the rights of people convicted of sex crimes before 1999, when the law was retroactively applied to include them.

The majority opinion released Tuesday said Maine’s law requiring offenders to register and have their names posted online is “nonpunitive” and serves the legitimate governmental goal of protecting public safety.

Lawyers for the 15 plaintiffs — referred to as John Doe in court documents — argued that registration is an unconstitutional punishment.

2013-03-06 / Maine

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