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Sex Offender Constitution Violations

Nick Surratt, MTN Reporter

February 10th, 2021

Parts of Tennessee’s recent sex offender registration act have been

found to violate a constitutional clause regarding retroactive laws.

The Ex Post Facto clause prevents both federal and state

governments from enacting laws that punish crimes that happened prior to

that law’s passing.

U.S. District Court Judge Eli Richardson found that parts of the law

would punish the two plaintiffs that brought the case. Both plaintiffs were

convicted more than twenty years ago, well before the new act was


Judge Richardson also ruled that monitoring the online activities of

sex offenders is not a violation of the First Amendment.


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