The opinion (Lindsey v Swearingen – Opinion), issued yesterday in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, held that Florida does not need to give Full Faith and Credit to an Oklahoma Order removing someone from the Oklahoma Registry, because the Oklahoma Order did not apply to the Florida Registry.

The bad: This is another in a series of bad decisions for people out of state challenging their continued presence on the Florida registry.

The good: The case really hinged on whether the Florida Court had to give Full Faith and Credit to the Oklahoma Order and not the constitutionality of whether keeping people on it’s registry who have left the state meets it’s “legitimate interest protecting the health and welfare of its citizens from persons convicted of sex offenses.” The opportunity remains for a future case to ask ‘how does keeping people on the Florida registry who have left the state meet that legitimate interest?’.


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