This Note begins by discussing the facts and holding of Wade. Next, this Note examines generally the legal background and history of bans on ex post facto laws and on laws retrospective in their operation in Missouri. Then, this Note explains recent precedent regarding such bans, particularly in the context of sex offender registration statutes. After the discussion of precedent, this Note explores the analyses of the majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions in Wade. Finally, this Note concludes with a critique of these analyses in the instant decision and contemplates the future effects of the court’s decision.

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