AK: Sex Offender Registry Offline.
January 9, 2002
By NAOMI KLOUDA
AK: Sex Offender Registry Offline
The 1994 case challenging Alaska's sex offender registry
changed names several times as it was batted between
higher and lower federal and state courts.
Doe v. Otte was denied, appealed, amended, affirmed,
clarified, upheld, remanded and finally resulted in action
Friday -- those convicted of sexual offenses prior to the
state law's enactment must be removed from the registry.
The case is a long and winding road for Valley attorney
Verne Rupright and his Anchorage co-council, Darryl
Thompson, who filed the first brief nine years ago. They
expressed little personal victory even as the ruling made
national headlines, capturing the attention of CNN.
"This is a victory for the U.S. Constitution," Rupright said.
"The founding fathers clearly said you can't punish a
person under the law and then go back and punish them
some more once they have already served their time
before the law was enacted."
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Source: © 2002 Frontiersman