The man accused of killing a Georgia hiker is also the focus of an investigation in Florida that is probing the disappearance and death of a nurse.
Flaws in a federal sex-offender registration law left a criminal free in Kansas City, Mo.
The faulty law allowed seven-time convicted sex offender Terry L. Rich to be released from custody last month by Senior U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs when Rich’s lawyer brought attention to the defect, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday.
Whether or not there was a legislative blunder, the wording should be enforced as written, until it is changed by Congress, Sachs said.
Rich, 59, reportedly has yet to be listed in the sex offender registration system required by state law.
Rich’s attorney reportedly argued the law excluded his client because Rich traveled between states in the past and the law only pertained to a sex offender who travels in the present tense.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Nelson asked Sachs to understand that Congress meant for the law to include all sex offenders, the Star reported.
I do NOT consider this a victory for my cause.