randall lee dowdy http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Supreme Court says homeless sex offenders must report 'home' address to state http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-says-homeless-sex-offenders-must-report-home-address-state <p>A Michigan Supreme Court says homeless sex offenders must report their home address to the state even though they don&rsquo;t actually have homes.&nbsp; Paroled sex offenders are legally required to provide their home address to the state <a href="http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/">sex offender registry</a>. But what if they&rsquo;re homeless?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Randall Lee Dowdy is a convicted rapist.&nbsp; He was paroled in 2002. But he was arrested again a few years later after he gave the address of a Lansing non-profit as his &lsquo;home address&rsquo;. Dowdy was homeless at the time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lower courts ruled Dowdy couldn&rsquo;t be charged with violating the law since he didn&rsquo;t have a home address to report.&nbsp;</p><p>But the Michigan Supreme Court says homelessness is no excuse. In a 4 to 3 decision, the high court ruled the lower courts had not taken the &lsquo;intent&rsquo; of <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ubiihpbacaxdpjqog1uem445))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=mcl-act-295-of-1994&amp;queryid=6439389&amp;highlight">the law</a> into account, adding homelessness doesn&rsquo;t prevent sex offenders from complying with the law requiring them to report their &lsquo;home&rsquo; address to the state.</p><p>The dissenting justices describe the majority&rsquo;s opinion as defying &lsquo;common sense.&rsquo; Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:57:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 3257 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court says homeless sex offenders must report 'home' address to state