High court: Sex offender law doesn’t violate Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court says Congress didn’t do anything improper when it gave the attorney general the ability to decide how to apply a sex offender registry law to more than 500,000 people convicted before the law was enacted.

The court said Congress didn’t violate separation of powers requirements in the Constitution.

At issue is the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. It requires people convicted of sex offenses to register where they live. Congress left it up to the attorney general to decide how to apply the law’s requirements to those convicted of a sex offense before the law was enacted in 2006.

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