The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that “anyone convicted before the law took effect in January 1995 does not have to register”.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court Friday upheld the state’s sex offense registry, but not for those convicted before the law was passed.
The court decided the law was constitutional, saying it does not violate a person with a past offense right to due process and equal protection. The court did rule, however, that anyone convicted before the law took effect in January 1995 does not have to register.
The exceptions to the court’s ruling are people labeled by the state with “sexually violent predator”. Those people are determined “sexually violent” through a separate court proceeding and must register, no matter when they were convicted.
According to the court, with today’s ruling, ten of the eleven people who sued over the law are no longer required to register.