Ferguson v. Mississippi Dep’t Pub. Safety, No. 2017-CT-00912-SCT (Miss. 2019)
Nature of Case: Respondent was convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense in Mississippi and was required to register as a sex offender. Thereafter, the Respondent successfully expunged the conviction and sought to cease to have to register as a sex offender. The trial court denied her petition, and the Mississippi Court of Appeals reversed, finding that prior decisions of the Mississippi Supreme Court mandated that her registration term cease. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety petitioned the state Supreme Court for review.
Holding: The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of appeals, holding that the Respondent, expungement notwithstanding, was still required to register as a sex offender under state law.