Court: State can't require registry info from pre-1995 sex offenders

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | 4:29 p.m. CDT; updated 7:14 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

KANSAS CITY — A Missouri appeals court says the state can't require people convicted of sex crimes before 1995 to provide information for the state sex offender registry.

But the court says the state can still list their names and criminal history if they come from public records.

The decision today mostly upholds a Jackson County judge's decision preventing the Highway Patrol from requiring all sex offenders to provide their current home and work addresses, pictures and other information for the Internet registry.

The judge said the state could not enforce the law against people convicted of sex crimes before it went into effect in 1995.

Patrol officials say the ruling likely won't change the registry, which now lists the exempt individuals in a separate section.

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