Big questions that bubbled up in the wake of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s first ruling on the constitutionality of satellite monitoring have been answered in a second recent decision, though a few unknowns remain. When the court initially weighed in on State v. Dykes last May, it created widespread confusion about how the holding was going to be interpreted by the state’s trial judges. The most serious issue was whether the broad decision overturning mandatory lifetime monitoring could be applied retroactively to sex offenders throughout the state who wear GPS monitors.
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