AG Derek Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Kansas offender registry law

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TOPEKA – (June 25, 2018) – The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from registered offenders in Kansas who were challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas Offender Registration Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

The court today without dissent denied the petitions for certiorari in four cases involving 15 Kansas registered offenders who were challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas Offender Registration Act. The act imposes certain requirements after being released from prison, such as registering with the local county sheriff, on certain persons convicted of crimes. The Kansas Supreme Court had previously upheld the constitutionality of the law, and today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to decline to hear the cases makes the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision final.

“We have successfully defended the Kansas offender registry statute against these legal challenges to its constitutionality,” Schmidt said.

The cases declined by the court today were Wingo v. Kansas (17-6790), Huey v. Kansas (17-7282), Meredith v. Kansas (17-7301), and Simmons v. Kansas (17-8003). A copy of the court’s order declining to hear the cases is available at http://bit.ly/2Io0fPv.