LAS VEGAS (AP) — A last-gasp petition to the Nevada Supreme Court succeeded in blocking publication of the names of about 5,200 registered sex offenders, at least for now.
The state high court issued an order early Friday preventing enforcement a community notification law while it considers constitutional questions raised by lawyers representing 17 unnamed plaintiffs in Las Vegas.
Attorneys Margaret McLetchie and Alina Shell are appealing a district court judge’s go-ahead to post names, photos and addresses of offenders.
They argue the law treats offenders unevenly and represents double-jeopardy punishment.
They also contend it’s irreversible, and the state has no method to correct errors.
Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Smith said Thursday the enactment date of the law was long known.
It was adopted by the state Legislature in 2007.
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