A group of eight individuals forced to register filed a Federal lawsuit seeking relief from the Tennessee Sex Offense Registry. Judges ruled in 2021 that the 2004 changes to Tennessee’s registry were punishment and unconstitutionally ex post facto for a person whose convictions were prior to then. Recent rulings affirming these rulings were made to benefit single individuals. That would require anyone else whose convictions were prior to 2004 seeking relief from the registry to file an individual lawsuit.
Lawyers for the eight have certified the lawsuit as class action so a win would benefit all Tennessee convictions that occurred prior to 2004.
The State of Tennessee has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
While court case facts, state constitutions and individual state registries vary, a win in a Federal Court would be a citable win in lawsuits in other states and federal jurisdictions.