Tennessee federal district court opinion granting preliminary injunction in favor of plaintiff who alleged that the application of Tennessee’s SORA to him violated Ex Post Facto prohibitions.
1st Circuit Court of Appeals opinion holding that venue for a federal failure to register prosecution is proper in the departure jurisdiction.
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals opinion hold that, in the context of military sex offenses, SORNA does not violate the non-delegation doctrine nor the Administrative Procedures Act.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Opinion holding that Pennsylvania’s second-generation sex offense registration statute is non-punitive and thus ex post facto challenges against it fail.
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals opinion holding that SORNA does not violate Double Jeopardy or Cruel and Unusual Punishment provisions in the context of a military sex offense.
5th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion vacating a federal conviction for failure to register, where the Appellant was no longer required to comply with federal SORNA.
Illinois Supreme Court Opinion affirming a criminal conviction for entering a park as someone with a past sex offense conviction in order to retrieve their own child.
New Jersey Supreme Court opinion affirming that, under certain circumstances, GPS monitoring for individuals on parole supervision for life is justified by the special needs exception to the warrant requirement of the 4th Amendment.
Iowa Supreme Court opinion holding that where a defendant enters an Alford plea to an offense that is not a sexual offense, the state may not use the minutes of the plea to establish sexual motivation for registration purposes and that the proper remedy is a remand to develop the record.
9th Circuit Opinion affirming and vacating in part conditions of supervised release that were imposed by the district court related to treatment and employment subsequent to a conviction for a sex offense.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion vacating trial court opinion finding that Pennsylvania’s sex offense registry violated various constitutional provisions related to punishment and reputation, and remanded for fact-finding on rates of re-offense.
Montana Supreme Court Opinion reversing the trial court’s decision to revoke a suspended sentence for failing to complete a treatment program in prison when the original sentence did not specify that was a requirement.
4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a condition of supervised release, based on individualized circumstances, prohibiting the Appellant from possessing sexually arousing materials.
10th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion holding that a defendant’s objection to a polygraph requirement in his supervision conditions on 5th Amendment grounds was premature.
Federal trial court in the Eastern District of Tennessee finding that Tennessee’s SORA could not be applied retroactively without implicating the Ex Post Facto clause.
Colorado Supreme Court opinion finding that a deferred judgment does not count as a conviction for the purposes of a prohibition on a petition for removal from Colorado’s sex offense registry for those with more than one conviction for unlawful sexual behavior.
Arizona Supreme Court opinion holding that Arizona’s sex offense registration statute is non-punitive and that registration could be required even when facts triggering registration were not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
8th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion finding that criminal sexual conduct and failure to register as a sex offender are both crimes involving moral turpitude for immigration removal purposes.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court opinion holding that Pennsylvania’s post-Muniz sex offense registration law constituted punishment, that thus could not be applied retroactively in the case of someone who committed their offense prior to any sex offense registry law.
New Jersey appellate court finding that blanket social media ban imposed on people on supervised release was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
4th Circuit Court of Appeals holding that venue in a federal failure to register case is proper in the district where the defendant departed from.
Utah Supreme Court opinion affirming that Appellant’s due process rights were not violated when the parole board required him to complete a sex offender treatment program, where he was convicted of a non-sexual offense requiring registration and made statements in a presentence report indicating that sexual conduct was connected with the offense of conviction.
Missouri Court of Appeals opinion finding that offenses requiring registration under federal law would also require registration under state law, even if they are specifically exempted in the state’s registration statute.
Maryland Court of Appeals opinion holding that facts which require registration as a sex offender, in light of the punitive nature of registration, must be established beyond a reasonable doubt in the adjudicatory phase of a criminal proceeding.
Federal trial court in Wisconsin dismissing a First Amendment complaint alleging the unconstitutionality of a Wisconsin state law prohibiting name changes for people with past sex offense convictions.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion affirming the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s ‘sexually violent predator’ designations, which require additional fact-finding beyond a conviction for a sexual offense.
5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacating various conditions of supervised release imposing bans on internet access, computer use, and other activities and remanding for re-sentencing.
4th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion reversing dismissal of federal indictment for failure to register, finding that non-delegation principles were not violated, and that federal SORNA was not puntive.
New Jersey Supreme Court opinion holding that legislature did intend for minor, non-sexual offenses committed subsequent to a conviction for a sexual offense to forever bar relief for those seeking to be able to deregister.
Federal trial court for the Eastern District of Tennessee denying Petitioner’s heabeas corpus motion to vacate her guilty plea where state of Tennessee required her registration as a sex offender despite federal law not requiring her to do so.