September 16, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A divided Nevada Supreme Court says it's constitutional to require registration and distribution of information about certain juvenile sex offenders.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that all the justices on the court said in the Thursday ruling that the law probably isn't effective in preventing crime and was passed only to get federal money.
The majority opinion was written by Justice Michael Douglas.
It upheld a 2007 state law defining a sex offender as a person at least 14 years old at the time of the act who was judged a delinquent for sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault, lewdness with a child, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit the act.
Dissenting justices, led by Michael Cherry, called it unconstitutional to apply the law retroactively.