Oklahoma Supreme Court rules on sex offender lawsuit

Published: September 17, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says people convicted of sex crimes in other states are not required to register as sex offenders in Oklahoma if the convictions occurred before the Oklahoma Legislature passed a sex offender law and if they completed their sentence, probation or parole before Nov. 1, 2005.

The justices ruled that two men convicted of sex crimes in other states were not offered the same protection under the law as people convicted of sex crimes in Oklahoma.

Under Oklahoma's Sex Offender Registration Act, people convicted in Oklahoma before the Act's 1989 implementation are not required to register — but people convicted outside of Oklahoma before implementation are.

The justices ruled that the many amendments made to the law can't be applied retroactively.