Monday, March 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Away Woman's Challenge to Virginia Sex Offender Registry Law

This is an update to the March 20th Post .

She needs to work her way back through the courts in Virginia including to the Virginia Supreme Court and the District Court appealing all the way before she could be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. I hope she has the time and the funds to get this challenge all the way to the end. 

This issue is so very important for so many RSO's who were arbitrarily re-classified by the Virginia legislature in 2006 and 2008 years after their conviction and classification was assigned. The increase in their classification was NOT based on a mental evaluation, NOT on a predisposition to re-offend, NOT on their compliance during Probation or on their compliance for registering as an RSO. Twice our lawmakers passed one-size-fits-all, erroneous and punitive legislation that denied these Virginians due process making them “Violent Lifers” for misdemeanor (not felony) offenses. 


Supreme Court turns away woman's challenge to Virginia sex offender registry law, March 24, 2014 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of a Virginia woman who claims the state's sex offender registry law is unconstitutional. 

The woman was reclassified as a violent sex offender 15 years after being convicted of unlawful sex with minor in a case that did not involve any violence. The reclassification subjects her to a ban on entering her children's schools without first seeking permission from state courts and the local school board. 

The woman was identified only as Jane Doe in court records. She says the process unfairly risks revealing her children's identity and could take years to resolve. 

Lower courts had rejected her case on procedural grounds, saying she failed to first exhaust state remedies.