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AP Newsbreak: Virginia AG appeals sodomy ruling

Tuesday - 6/25/2013, 3:21pm  ET

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that struck down Virginia's anti-sodomy law.

A petition filed Tuesday claims a divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals misinterpreted the scope of a Supreme Court decision invalidating a similar Texas law.

Virginia's so-called crimes against nature law served as the basis for a 47-year-old man's conviction of criminal solicitation for allegedly demanding oral sex from a 17-year-old girl. In the appeal, Cuccinelli claims the landmark 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision applied only to sex acts involving consenting adults, not those between an adult and a minor.

He says if the appeals court decision isn't overturned, nearly 90 people may be eligible to have their names removed from Virginia's sex offender registry.


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