Category: Legal Action

Florida Ex Post Facto Challenge

Plaintiffs are five registrants whose offenses were committed before the first version of FSORNA was enacted in October 1997. They have long since completed their sentences, including probation. They have not since been arrested or convicted of any substantive offense,…

Playing With Fire?

Liberals Courted Neil Gorsuch’s Vote to Strike Down a Terrible Sex Offender Law During Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gundy v. United States at the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch name-dropped an unusual ally: the American Civil Liberties Union. Gorsuch asked…

US Supreme Court to Hear SORNA Case

HERMAN AVERY GUNDY, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES, Respondent. INTRODUCTION The Government defends a version of SORNA that Congress never enacted. Nothing in 34 U.S.C. § 20913(d)—or anywhere else in SORNA—directs the Attorney General to make the Act’s requirements, including its criminal sanctions, applicable to…

Illinois – People v. Teeter

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2018 IL App (3d) 150243 Opinion filed January 31, 2018 IN THE APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS THIRD DISTRICT 2018 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ) Appeal from the Circuit Court ILLINOIS, ) of the 21st Judicial Circuit, ) Kankakee…

US Supreme Court not to Hear PA. Sex Offender Case

Pennsylvania State Police Megan's Law website

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to a recent state court ruling that determined part of Pennsylvania’s sex offender registration law was unconstitutional. The high court denied a petition from the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office to…

Pa. courts put Megan’s Law in limbo

As reported in the Altona, PA newspaper, Altona Mirror on Jan 10, 2018 Under those opinions, questions arose as to the constitutionality of the state law requiring sexual offenders to register with state police and to periodically update their registration.…

Where Sex Offender Registration Laws Miss the Point

Rose, Justin P. (2017) “Where Sex Offender Registration Laws Miss the Point: Why a Return to an Individualized Approach and a Restoration of Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Will Better Serve the Governmental Goals of Registration and Protect Individual Liberties from…