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Virginia Woman Claims State Sex Offender Registry Is Unconstitutional

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The Supreme Court is expected to consider taking up a case today involving a Virginia woman who claims the state's sex offender registry law is unconstitutional.

The woman was convicted in 1993 of unlawful sex with a teenager under 16 and served 30 days in prison. But in 2008, the state passed a new law that reclassified her as a violent sex offender.

The reclassification subjects her to new restrictions, including a ban on entering school property without seeking permission from state courts and the local school board.

The woman says that process unfairly risks revealing her children's identity and could take years to resolve.

Lower courts have rejected her case on procedural grounds, saying she failed to first exhaust state remedies.


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