Court nixes South Carolina’s lifelong sex offender registry

By Meg Kinnard

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)– South Carolina’s Supreme Court says a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life without prior judicial review is unconstitutional. The court issued its unanimous ruling Wednesday. Justices set a 12-month timeline to implement the ruling to give state lawmakers time to write a statute for judicial review. Justices called South Carolina’s sex offender law “the most stringent in the country.” The court also upheld a portion of the statute that permits the sex offender registry to be published online.

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