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April 22, 2018

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Megan`s Law Before the High Court
Last Featured: 12/9/2002

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Do communities have a right to know if convicted sex-offenders live in their neighborhoods? As a matter of safety, many parents and public officials say they should be able to warn children and watch for signs of trouble. Civil liberties advocates question whether notification does more harm than good, violating individual privacy rights and making it all but impossible for ex-offenders to re-enter society. Is it double jeopardy or a double check? The final say on Megan’s Law, as it is referred to in most states and at the federal level, goes to the Supreme Court this term.

Ed Barocas is the Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey where he manages a docket of more than 50 cases that touch every corner of civil liberties including free speech, equal protection, privacy, reproductive freedom and due process of law. Prior to working for the ACLU-NJ, Mr. Barocus served as special counsel for the Special Hearings Unit of the Office of Public Defender in Newark where he represented convicted sex offenders in their classification and notification hearings and litigated class-action suits challenging the constitutionality of Megan's Law. A graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University, Mr. Barocus served as an Assistant Deputy Public Advocate for the Division of Mental Health Advocacy in Wall, NJ.

Ron Rychlak is Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. Prior to joining the faculty at Ole Miss, Mr. Rychlak practiced law with Jenner & Block in Chicago, and he served as a clerk to the Hon. Harry W. Wellford of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the committee appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to revise the state's criminal code and an advisor to the Holy See's delegation to the United Nations.

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"Crime takes but a moment but justice an eternity."

— Ellen O'Grady

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