A letter from Nevada's attorney general stating that a new sex offender law will apply only to future cases was greeted cautiously by a Las Vegas attorney.
"We're not altogether clear what it means," said Robert Langford, representing 12 sex offenders who could be reclassified and subjected to more scrutiny under the legislation. "It is good news but we're not out of the woods yet."
Langford said he and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada are analyzing the letter, which states the new law won't apply retroactively. If applied retroactively, it would increase the number of Tier 3 sex offenders " defined as those convicted of the most serious offenses " from about 160 to more than 2,500.