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Sex offender label requires due process

Texas has been unconstitutionally designating some prison inmates sexual criminals without giving them an appropriate hearing, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.   The ruling could affect as many as 6,900 inmates who have never been convicted of a sex offense although they may be sexual predators.

The lawsuit was brought by Raul Meza, who was convicted in the 1982 murder of a 9-year-old girl. He was released from prison in 1993 under the state's mandatory supervision law and then reincarcerated until 2002.

At that time the Board of Pardons and Paroles listed Meza as a sex offender, a condition that was rescinded in 2005. Meza was not allowed to see the evidence against him or have a hearing before the board.

“Meza is no longer required to register as a sex offender,” the court said.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/state/sex_offender_label_requires_hearing_court_rules_94628199.html

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