Kansas Supreme Court overrules itself in series of rulings on sex offender registry

In a confounding series of rulings Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned three of its own decisions in ultimately ruling that lifetime registration for convicted sex offenders is not punitive.

From the Kansas City Star’s report:

In three separate opinions issued Friday, the court found 2011 changes to the sex offender registry law cannot be applied retroactively to offenders convicted before the law took effect.But then in a fourth opinion, also released Friday, the court found that those rulings were incorrect.Attorneys across the state said they couldn’t recall a situation where the court reversed itself in rulings issued on the same day.

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