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Supreme Court: Twice convicted NHC sex offender can challenge lifetime GPS monitoring
Torrey Dale Grady (Source: NC Sex Offender Registry)
WASHINGTON (WECT/AP) -
The Supreme Court says a North Carolina sex offender should have a chance to challenge a requirement that he wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for the rest of his life.
The justices ruled Monday that the state's highest court should have considered Torrey Dale Grady's argument that having to wear the ankle bracelet violates his constitutional rights.
Grady was convicted in New Hanover County of a second-degree sex offense in 1997, as well as in 2006 of taking indecent liberties with a child. The second conviction qualified Grady as a recidivist. In 2013, he was ordered to start wearing the GPS bracelet 24 hours a day so officials could track his movements.
The Supreme Court said lower courts should determine whether having to wear the bracelet is an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment.
"I'm so glad he will have a chance to show whether or not it was justified to put a monitor on him in his case as opposed to just lumping him in with everyone else who has those convictions on their record," Grady's attorney, Mark L. Hayes, said about the challenge. "I think he could make a great case, and he's got circumstances that show that those things he was convicted of 10 years ago, 20 years ago, do not define who he is going forward."
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