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S.C. Supreme Court axes lifelong sex offender registration

The court unanimously ruled the state's lifelong sex offender registry unconstitutional...
The court unanimously ruled the state's lifelong sex offender registry unconstitutional Wednesday. (Source: WMBF)(WRDW)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:10 PM EDT
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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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