Is Application of 'Adam Walsh Act' to Crime Committed Before Law Took Effect Unconstitutionally Retroactive?
Under U.S., Ohio Constitutions’ Bans Against Ex Post Facto Laws
State of Ohio v. George D. Williams, Case no. 2009-0088
12th District Court of Appeals (Warren County)
ISSUE: Does retroactive imposition of sex-offender registration requirements enacted in 2007 as part of the Ohio Adam Walsh Act (AWA) on offenders whose crimes were committed before the effective date of the AWA violate the ex post facto and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and/or the provision of the Ohio Constitution prohibiting retroactive laws?