Thursday, June 19, 2008

NH - N.H. Court Finds Sex Offender Registry Fee Legal

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Legal extortion is what this is... Here is the actual ruling on this case.


CONCORD (AP) ― New Hampshire's Supreme Court says it's legal to force sex offenders to pay for the state sex offender registry.

The court ruled Thursday that such payments are a legitimate user fee, not an unfair tax.

The ruling came in the case of Philip Horner, who was convicted in 2000 of five counts of sexual assault. Horner argued that because the registry serves the general public, it was unfair to charge offenders $34 a year to maintain it.

In a unanimous decision, the high court disagreed, saying the fee is applied directly to a service that would not be necessary if there were no sex offenders.

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