National: Top court to rule on molester lists.
May 21, 2002
Issue is fairness of registry without weighing each case
WASHINGTON - (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether to force states to
evaluate cases individually before listing sex offenders on registries meant to help people keep tabs on
those living or working nearby.
The court's ruling on "Megan's laws" in more than 20 states, including Florida, could mean separate
hearings to determine the risk posed by a sex criminal who has completed a prison sentence.
Each state has some form of sex offender registry named for the New Jersey child kidnapped, raped
and killed in 1994 by a convicted sex offender who had moved in across the street. Her parents knew
nothing of his history.
The Bush administration sided with Connecticut in asking the Supreme Court to restore or preserve
public access to data about offenders.
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Source: © 2002 The Miami Herald