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Justices Take Up Sex Offender Registry, Legislative Power

March 5, 2018, 8:58 PMUpdated: March 5, 2018, 7:52 PM

A case about legislative power that could affect hundreds of thousands of sex offenders is coming to the U.S. Supreme Court next term.

The dispute applies a mundane-sounding legal doctrine against the controversial backdrop of sex offender registration.

The “nondelegation” question the justices agreed to take up March 5 asks whether Congress was allowed to let the Attorney General decide how to retroactively apply the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The case could mark a step toward “reining in administrative agencies by telling Congress that it can’t keep passing the buck to them,” the libertarian Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro ...