A.W. ex rel Doe v. State et al., 865 F.3d 1014 (8th Cir. 2017)
Nature of Case: Juvenile was adjudicated delinquent of a sex offense in Minnesota and was required to register in Minnesota. Moved to Nebraska and authorities wanted him to register under provision that required registration for anyone who was required to register in any other state. A.W.’s family filed federal suit, and district court granted summary judgment in their favor. State appealed.
Holding: Eighth Circuit held that provisions did not apply to A.W. Nebraska SORA did not define “sex offender,” though usual understanding is “someone convicted of a crime involving unlawful sexual conduct.” Juvenile adjudication was not a criminal conviction, was not a criminal proceeding, and Nebraska did not require juveniles to register.
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