Minnesota District Court grants habeas petition to individual civilly committed to Minnesota's sex offense civil commitment program under the "actual-innocence exception" based on newly discovered evidence regarding recidivism rates and predicted "risk."
Supreme Court of Arkansas opinion concluding that SORA's plain language requires Defendant-Appellee to register in spite of his acquittal for all relevant charges, because first-degree false imprisonment and kidnapping are defined as "sex offenses" under SORA, and SORA's express language requires a person to register if he or she has been acquitted of a "sex offense" on the grounds of mental disease or defect.
Eighth Circuit decision affirming a sentence for attempted coercion or enticement of a minor that was a downward variance from sentencing guidelines, concluding that the sentence was not substantively unreasonable.
Minnesota Supreme Court opinion reversing a judgment of the appellate court regarding a civilly committed individual's petition for reduction in custody, holding that the clear error standard of review does not allow an appellate court to reweigh evidence.
Minnesota Court of Appeals opinion holding that, under state law, the commitment appeal panel has authority to review a revocation of transfer made by the special review board.
Iowa Court of Appeals opinion holding that a subsequent SVP petition is not barred, on claim preclusion grounds, by the dismissal of a prior SVP petition.
Iowa Supreme Court opinion reversing and remanding a trial court opinion denying Appellant's petition to be removed from the registry after he had met the statutory criteria.
Missouri Supreme Court opinion affirming a conviction for residing within 1,000 feet of a school, holding that the distance measurements for Missouri's housing banishment laws are taken from property line to property line.
Federal district court opinion finding no constitutional violation with regard to Nebraska requiring juveniles adjudicated out of state and registered privately in their respective states to be placed on Nebraska's public registry upon moving there.
8th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion affirming a defendant's liability for the full amount of a victim's losses in a child pornography offense--regardless as to whether those losses were incurred prior to the defendant's conduct--as well as a condition of supervised release prohibiting the possession of adult pornography.