September 22, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a three-year injunction that barred the state of Nevada from applying a sex offender registration law retroactively.
The ruling Friday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means untold numbers of people convicted before the 2007 law was passed are subject to registration and law enforcement notification requirements.
AB579 was passed to comply with a federal law that was part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of 12 sex offenders, arguing that many rehabilitated, low-risk offenders would be re-classified under the law and subject to public ostracism, even though they've remained out of trouble for years.
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto applauded Friday's ruling.
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