Hawaii: Supreme Court Shuts Down Sex Offender Registry.
December 3, 2001
Hawaii: Sex Offender Registry Violates Due Process, Hawaii High Court Rules
Hawaii's version of "Megan's Law" -- a
statute requiring convicted sex offenders
to register with local law enforcement
authorities -- violates state constitutional
guarantees of procedural due process, the
Hawaii Supreme Court held Nov. 21. State
v. Bani, No. 22196.
The court said the law's registration
requirement alone did not impose on any
protected liberty interests, but found the
state could not disseminate registration
information to the public without providing
the offender an opportunity to argue that
public notification was unnecessary or that
limited notification would be more
Aside from damage to his reputation, the
offender also risked erroneous
deprivation of tangible interests, the court
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Source: © 2001 The National Law Journal