The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a state law requiring juvenile sex offenders convicted in juvenile courts to register as sex offenders for life.
Today (Tuesday) the court ruled 5-2 that the requirement enacted in a 2007 law is unconstitutional because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and violates children's due process rights.
Justice Paul Pfeifer said the mandatory registration undercuts the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile system. He said it also eliminates the role of juvenile judges in determining the best punishment for young offenders.
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the actions of police officers who pulled over a suicidal man, then took his gun from the glove compartment without a warrant.
The court says an exception to the Fourth Amendment for people providing emergency aid allows officers to make a traffic stop if they believe a person's life is in danger.
The court ruled 6-1 Thursday that Vandalia officers acted properly when they pulled over a truck driven by Richard Dunn in 2008 after getting a phone tip that he had a weapon and planned to kill himself.