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Ohio court rules sex offender law unconstitutional
Court says changes to sex offender registration cannot be applied retroactively
Story by MIKE BROWN


 

Ohio cannot apply its sex-offender law to people who were convicted before the law took effect. In a 5-2 decision today (Wednesday), the Ohio Supreme Court struck down a law that enhanced penalties for sex offenders retroactively.   

The case stems from a 2007 law that changed the way the state classified many offenders to match federal laws.

Katherine Szudy is with the state public defender’s office, and describes the impact on one of her clients. 

Szudy explains

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More than 26,000  Ohioans convicted of sex crimes before  2008 will be moved back to Ohio's less rigid sex-offender registry system.

 
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