action3news.com , nebraska.tv(ABC) : Lawsuit challenging Neb. sex offender law.
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Omaha, Neb. (AP) - A federal lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska's sex offender registry law.
The lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen unnamed eastern Nebraska residents says the recently revised Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act infringes on rights guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions.
Among other things, the revised law expands the list of crimes that require offenders to register as sex offenders. Lawmakers said they wanted to remove the guesswork for courts.
The lawsuit says the revamped law imposes retroactive criminal punishment, twice punishes a single offense and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
The state, its county attorneys and sheriffs, the State Patrol and Attorney General Jon Bruning are named as defendants.
Case Number: 8:2009cv00456
Filed: December 16, 2009 in Nebraska District Court
Nature of Suit: Constitutionality of State Statutes, Cause: Federal Question
Jury Demanded By: 42:1983 Civil Rights Act