Yunus v. Robinson, No. 17-CV-05839 (S.D.N.Y. 2019)
Nature of Case: Plaintiff was convicted of a non-sexual kidnapping, which automatically rendered him a sex offender under New York law, and thus he became subject to a wide swath of parole and post-conviction requirements. Plaintiff filed a § 1983 challenge alleging that these varied requirements violated his constitutional rights, and in particular his Substantive Due Process rights.
Holding: Federal trial court in the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction in favor of Plaintiff. As-applied, requiring plaintiff to register as a sex offender and imposing sex-offense specific requirements onto an individual who committed a non-sexual offenses likely violates his Substantive Due Process rights.