Texas Supreme Court decision holding that in a SVP proceeding, the right to appear at trial means physical presence.
Texas Supreme Court opinion finding that, while it was error not to submit a jury instruction in a SVP trial informing the jury that they did not need to reach a unanimous verdict to find for the Petitioner, this error was harmless.
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.
Texas Court of Appeals opinion reversing trial court's order revoking the supervision of Appellant and imposing a life sentence of imprisonment for failing to register, where the state failed to establish that Appellant knew he had a duty to register in his circumstances and where police interfered with his attempts to comply with the law.
Mississippi Supreme Court opinion affirming the trial court's denial of a petition to deregister under Mississippi state law, where the Appellant had not yet met the state statutory criteria for termination of his duty to register, and where the Full Faith and Credit clause did not mandate that Mississippi honor Massachusetts' determination that the Appellant no longer had to register in Massachusetts.
Louisiana Supreme Court opinion declining, on procedural grounds, to address argument that juvenile sex offense registration violates 8th Amendment.
Mississippi Supreme Court opinion holding that, under Mississippi state law, a misdemeanor expungement for a sex offense does not relieve an individual of the obligation to register as a sex offender.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming that sex offender registration implicates a protected liberty interest and that Due Process is violated when someone not convicted of a sex offense is required to register as a sex offender without a hearing and other protections.
Federal trial court in Louisiana dismissing a lawsuit alleging violations of Due Process and Equal Protection based on treatment of out of state conviction.
Texas Court of Appeals affirming the trial court's denial of a constitutional challenge to a provision of Texas law that requires people required to register as sex offenders also register their internet identifiers.