ATLANTA (AP) The federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a
federal law requiring sex offenders to register with authorities
when they move from one state to another.
In two opinions Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals said a federal judge in Florida erred when
he ruled that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of
2006 was "facially unconstitutional.''
The cases involved men who had registered elsewhere but failed
to do so when they moved to Florida.
John Badalamenti, an assistant federal public defender in Tampa,
claimed Congress exceeded its authority by passing the law because
the sex offender registration is already controlled by the states.
He says he will appeal the rulings rulings to the Supreme Court.