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Thursday, February 25, 2016

International Megan’s Law: Bad Public Policy



Update: 

Judge tosses out challenge to sex offender passport law, April 13, 2016
 

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International Megan’s Law: Bad Public Policy, February 25, 2016

On Monday, February 8, 2016, President Obama signed HF 515, and it became Public Law 114-119, known casually as “International Megan’s Law” (IML).  The very next day, Janice Bellucci, a civil rights attorney and President of CA-RSOL, filed a legal challenge in Federal Courts in California, citing constitutional violations of the First and Fifth Amendments, and the Ex Post Facto Clause.  After careful review of the intent and apparent effect of this new Public Law, and the arguments raised in the legal challenge, it seems IML is not only unwarranted, but establishes a dangerous precedent.