As Barbara Leonard reports for the Courthouse News Service, some of those
people who have been charged with and convicted of sex crimes –
and must now put their names on the
sex offender registry – have in limited cases the possibility of not having to register.
At least that’s the case for Billy Joe Reynolds, who had been convicted
of a sex crime and served his time. After getting out of prison, Reynolds
registered as a sex offender in his home state, but then moved to another
state a number of years later.
He did not register when he began living in the new state.
Reynolds was then charged with (and pleaded guilty, according to Leonard’s
report) to failing to register and keep the registry updated after his move.
Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has heard Reynold’s case, ruling that
an ambiguity in the law – whether the 2006 Sex Offender Registration
and Notification Act applied to someone who was convicted before 2006
but moved to a state in 2007, a state that did not have clear interim
rules set up as to whether he would have to register – compelled
them to reverse his conviction.
Scalia dissented, writing that the case was a mere matter of “time-honored”
prosecutorial discretion on whether or not Reynolds should have been charged
in the first place.
If you are charged with a sex crime, don’t risk your future, contact the
Maryland sex crimes attorneys at the Law Office of James E. Crawford Jr. to protect your legal rights.