Meredith v. Stein, No. 17- CV–528 (E.D. N.C. 2018)
Nature of Case: Plaintiff brought suit after moving to North Carolina and NC Sheriff’s deputies, after several years, determined that a misdemeanor Washington state offense was “substantially similar” to a registerable North Carolina offense and ordered him to register. Plaintiff alleged that lack of procedure violated 14th Amendment Procedural Due Process.
Holding: Given that no process exists for people to challenge their classification as sex offenders under state’s “substantially similar” scheme, state violated Plaintiff’s procedural due process rights.