Arizona ruling: Reach of sex offender law is limited
Published: September 25, 2013 at 8:36 am
The state Court of Appeals said a Navajo man living on the tribe’s reservation was arrested by a Coconino County sheriff’s deputy off the reservation in 2010.
The man was charged with failing to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of sexual assault in the late 1980s.
However, the appeals court said federal law on sex offenders pre-empts the Arizona law requiring registration.
Under the ruling, Arizona’s law applies to reservation residents only under limited circumstances, such as a tribe delegating its authority to the state.
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