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Clark v. Ryan, No. 15-15531 [September 2, 2016]

Clark v. Ryan

Clark contended that an Arizona Court of Appeals decision that Arizona’s modern sex offender registration statute is not an ex-post facto law, as contrary to and involves an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law. The Court affirmed finding that the Arizona case’s finding that the sex offender registration statute is a civil, nonpunitive regime was not an unreasonable application of federal law in Smith v. Doe I, 538 U.S. 84 (2003) stating that “the Arizona Court of Appeals was not unreasonable in holding the statute’s punitive effects fail to outweigh its regulatory purposes.”


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