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Supreme Court hearing arguments about sex offender registry

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of a man who was placed on the sex offender registry for touching a girl’s breasts, even though his case was dismissed in 1997 after successful probation and community service.

Boban Temelkoski wants to be erased from the registry. He says he’s been punished for decades by lawmakers because his non-conviction has been treated as a conviction. His case was dismissed in Wayne County under a commonly used procedure for young offenders.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday.

Temelkoski says he’s suffered. He says potential employers have no access to his old sealed court case, but they can look him up on the registry.
Attorney General Bill Schuette is opposing Temelkoski. He says the registry is not criminal punishment.

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  • Wendy

    If the offender was a minor at the time of the offense and there was no forcible sex, I think that once they’ve successfully completed probation, or jail time, it should be removed, with the stipulation that the removal is a one time thing. If they are even charged with sexual misconduct again, it goes back on and stays on

  • fred bayer

    registries are horrible illegal witch hunts and modern day banishment schemes.. they make politicians rich and provide a false sense of security while actually making things more dangerous..if someone is really that dangerous they should be evaluated by the sentencing judge at time of sentencing and that should be taken into account then..shaming people won’t make anyone safer.. BUT it will make people feel hopeless and force them to commit crimes where otherwise they may have reintegrated…

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