A federal judge has ruled that parts of Tennessee’s sex offender registration act should not be applied retroactively to two offenders who sued over the law.

Monday’s ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee was narrowly written to apply only to the two plaintiffs. But it could open the door to more lawsuits and a broader ruling in the future.

The plaintiffs claimed that the law’s restrictions have forced them to move out of their own homes and lose jobs and prevented them from spending time with their children and attending school events.

Richardson has yet to make a specific ruling as to which parts of the law should not apply to the two men. In his ruling, he asked the parties for more information on what they think should be the scope of the injunction. He added that he would rule later.


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