PENNSYLVANIA: ‘MEGAN’S LAW’ IS RULED NO VIOLATION OF PRIVACY
A Federal appeals court in Philadelphia upheld Megan's Law yesterday for the second time, saying that forcing sex offenders to provide personal information to the authorities did not violate their right to privacy. According to the New York Times, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said sex offenders, like all criminals, forfeited their rights to privacy regarding their crimes. They are therefore not protected if the police collect and circulate information about their addresses, jobs, crimes, education, physical appearance, auto registrations and license plate numbers. The same notification law was upheld by the same court two years ago during the first legal challenge to the policy.