Judge rejects Idaho sex offender registration lawsuit

Posted at 11:02 AM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 13:02:36-04

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging Idaho's sex offender registration laws. But the 134 anonymous sex offenders who brought the lawsuit have the option to refile the case if they can show the current laws caused them actual harm.

U.S. District Judge David Nye says that could be difficult. He explains, in this month's ruling, that common arguments claiming registration requirements are “embarrassing, invasive and burdensome” and have already been rejected in previous cases.

The plaintiffs sued the state two years ago, contending Idaho laws requiring them to register as sex offenders for life violate their constitutional rights on several grounds.

For instance, the plaintiffs say rules requiring them to stay at least 500 feet from schools violate their right to freely exercise their religion, because some churches may be within that proximity.

(By Rebecca Boone/Associated Press)