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Officials in Kansas will watch case’s progress

May 21, 2002

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— The Kansas Attorney General's Office is monitoring a Connecticut case now before the U.S. Supreme Court to see whether it might affect the Kansas Offender Registration Act.

The act requires those convicted of sex crimes in Kansas or other states and who live in Kansas to register with the sheriff's department in their county or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

People must also register if they are convicted of certain other serious crimes, including murder, manslaughter and aggravated kidnapping.

The Connecticut law requiring convicted sex offenders to register in that state was struck down by a judge in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But that decision doesn't affect Kansas because Kansas is in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said Mark Ohlemeier, spokesman for Kansas Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall.

"A decision by the Supreme Court could have an effect here, however," Ohlemeier said.

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