WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has appealed a district judge's decision that orders a child molester's name to be removed from its offender registry after finding state registration laws violate the U.S. Constitution.
The state filed written arguments Wednesday before the Kansas Supreme Court. It seeks to overturn the decision by Shawnee County Judge Larry Hendricks that Kansas law ostracizes offenders and requires them to remain registered longer than necessary.
The lower court ruling applied only to the Lenexa man who sued the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Johnson County Sheriff's office seeking to end his registration requirement. But the state is concerned a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court on the case would apply to others on the registry.
Kansas law requires sex, drug and violent offenders to register with law enforcement.