Order Reprint of this Story September 23, The lawsuit seeks a permanent order to stop the state and its counties from enforcing some portions of the law. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, including Nevada and Illinois.
The plaintiffs come from across the state and around the country. Most were convicted of sexual offenses in the s and s. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. His offense did not require registration in Montana. He moved to Idaho in and was not required to register until , 11 years after his conviction, when Idaho authorities reclassified his offense as a felony rather than the original misdemeanor.
Another plaintiff, John Doe 80, of Lemhi County, was convicted of a sexual offense there in He was released from prison in In , 20 years after being released from custody, he was told he must register for life as an aggravated offender.
John Doe 5, a resident of Texas, was convicted of a sexual offense in Jerome County in His offense was not considered aggravated until , 21 years after the date of conviction. He is now required to register for life as an aggravated offender. Here is how the lawsuit says other constitutional guarantees are violated: Idaho law is vague, and it reassesses offenders and subjects them to new restrictions without a hearing.
The laws are designed to burden an unpopular group. Cruel and unusual punishment: The laws impose excessive punishment, community-notification requirements that can subject sex offenders to violence at the hands of vigilantes. The laws impose new punishments on sex offenders previously convicted based on the crime originally committed.
The laws impose new non-negotiated terms on previously negotiated plea agreements. The laws place residential and movement restrictions on sex offenders, restricting property rights. Related stories from Idaho Statesman Read the lawsuit Separation of powers: Ralph Powell, and the sheriffs of the 21 counties where the plaintiffs reside.
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