Posted: Jun 27, 2012 2:31 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A class-action lawsuit seeks to have nearly 500 people convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law removed from the state's sex offender registry.
A federal judge in New Orleans ruled in April that the names of nine plaintiffs who were convicted of the same offense must be stricken from the registry. The class-action suit filed Wednesday in federal court argues the ruling should apply to anyone in the same position.
The state Legislature amended the 200-year-old law last year so that anyone convicted of a "crime against nature by solicitation" no longer will be required to register.
But the legislative change didn't apply to the nine people who sued or roughly 484 people statewide who already were registered.