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Lawsuit opposes expansion of sex offender registry

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Updated: 2/07/2014 8:39 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — In 2007, Nevada legislators voted to change who is required to register as a sex offender online, but eight years later, none of those changes have been implemented.

The Nevada Supreme Court temporarily blocked a tough sex offender registration and public notification law. In an order issued Jan. 30, three justices granted a stay of the law to take effect Feb. 1.

The bill would dramatically increase the number of people on Nevada's Sex Offender Registry. Currently it is Tier 2 and 3 offenders — Tier 3 is the highest risk — calculated by several factors including conviction, age of victim, and length of abuse.

The new law wouldn't take these factors into account, only looking at the conviction.

Attorney Maggie McLetchie is suing on behalf of 24 offenders, saying that they have already served their court-ordered time and the law shouldn't apply retroactively for child offenses. The suit argues the law would have detrimental effect on people who have lived without incident for decades.

Nevada justices ordered legal briefs in the case. A ruling is expected within a month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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