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Sexual predator law faces court challenge

September 8, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

intro: The state Supreme Court heard opening arguments today/Tuesday in a case that challenges Missouri's sexual predator law. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

At issue is a state law that lets it define a repeat sex offender as a sexual predator. That means a lifetime in state custody.

The case of convicted rapist Chris Gilyard (GILL-yard) has brought the issue to the Missouri Supreme Court. Attorney Emmett Queener said evidence that Gilyard had raped a second woman should not have influenced the original sentence.

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Contents: He was never convicted on any other rape charges.

But the state told the Court that the sexual predator law does not violate a criminal's right to due process. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.