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in a unanimous decision, the justices reversed a ruling by the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that held that a law requiring sex offenders to register upon their release, and requiring the state to post that information on the Internet making it available to the public, violated the 14th Amendment’s due process clause and deprived registered sex offenders of a “liberty interest.” Conn. Dep’t of Public Safety v. Doe, No. 01-1231. The court said that the due process does not require the opportunity to prove a fact that is not material to the state’s statutory scheme, and mere injury to reputation does not constitute a deprivation of a liberty interest. Rehnquist wrote the court’s opinion.

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