Judge: Parts of the state’s sex offender law unconstitutional

Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry law is so vague that parts of it are unconstitutional, including the requirement that offenders stay at least 1,000 feet from schools, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland, in a 72-page ruling, struck down several reporting requirements of the 1994 law, which has been amended several times by state lawmakers to make requirements stricter. Regarding the 1,000-foot school safety zone, he said…Keep Reading

Michigan Supreme Court takes major case involving sex offender list

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at the case of a man who’s on the sex offender list for life, although his conviction was erased nearly 20 years ago. Among the issues: Is it “punishment” to be placed on the registry? The man was 19 when he was charged with kissing and groping a 12-year-old girl in Wayne County. He pleaded guilty, but his conviction…Keep Reading