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Judge overturns extension of
sex-offender registration time
From the Topeka (Kan.) Capital Journal
Citing the U.S. Constitution forbidding
more punishment for a crime already
resolved, a Shawnee County (Kan.) District
Court judge has ordered two law
enforcement agencies to terminate a man's
additional 15-year offender registration requirement.
In addition, District Judge Larry Hendricks ordered the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the
Johnson County Sheriff's Office to "immediately delete" all information required by the Kansas
Offender Registration Act that is publicly displayed about the man.
"I'm pleased with the ruling," Chris Joseph, the offender’s attorney, said Tuesday. "I think it's
dead-on right with the law. Registration is clearly punishment, clearly punitive. When you change
the rules after the fact, it's an ex post facto violation."
The registered offender was identified in district court records only as "John Doe." Doe sued KBI
director Kirk Thompson and Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning.
As for Doe's reaction to the ruling, "he's very excited that he may be able to live a normal life in
the near future," Joseph said.
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