April 23, 2007
Mississippi Sex Offender Statute Upheld
In Garrison v. State, 950 So.2d 990 (Miss. 2006), (not released until mid-March 2007, for some odd reason) the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld that state's Sex Offender statute over several constitutional and interpretive challenges, including an argument that the registration and living requirements were ex post facto laws. Particularly interesting to me is the analysis these courts undertake in detrmining whether a "civil" statute is nonetheless punitive and so subject to ex post facto limitations in the first place. One judge dissented on the ground that the statute was unconstitutional.
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