State seeks rehearing on Megan's Law

Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 11:06 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Charlie Crist asked a full state appeals court Friday to reconsider a ruling by three of its judge that a state law requiring public identification of "sexual predators" is unconstitutional.
The three judges of the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled Jan. 15 that Florida's version of Megan's Law is unconstitutional because it doesn't require hearings in which judges could determine defendants' actual threat to the community.
The panel ruled the law, based on a similar law in New Jersey, violates the felons' due-process rights because they're automatically stigmatized by being designated as predators on an Internet registry.
The law requires convicted sexual predators to register by name and address with law enforcement authorities.

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