California Court of Appeals opinion concluding that the Sexually Violent Predator Act prohibiting placement of certain individuals near a "school" does not exempt home schools or require the school in question to have been operating for any particular period of time prior to the individual's planned community placement.
California District Court order granting a preliminary injunction, enjoining the federal government from prosecuting California residents under 18 U.S.C. § 2250 for a violation of SORNA without first obtaining certification from the State of California that the individual was required to register under California state law, and, in a prosecution for a failure to provide specific required information, that California law allows the individual to furnish that information to state authorities.
California Court of Appeals opinion affirming lower court and holding that under California law Juvenile Court lacked authority to impose sex offense registration requirements upon juvenile who was not committed to Division of Juvenile Justice.
California Court of Appeals opinion holding as a matter of first impression, that the government was not entitled to call a privately retained expert witness to testify at SVPA trial as to petitioner's mental state.
California Court of Appeals opinion remanding matter to the trial court for further consideration and noting a likelihood of merit in claim that the trial court's failure to provide Appellant with a full advisement of his right to a jury trial in the context of a civil commitment proceeding pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act violated his right to equal protection under federal and state law.
California Court of Appeal decision reversing and remanding trial court in an involuntary commitment SVPA case, holding that exclusion of critical defense expert testimony to rebut the prosecution's two expert witnesses deprived Appellant of a fair trial.
California Court of Appeal opinion affirming denial of appellant's motion to dismiss guilty plea based on ineffective assistance, concluding that counsel was not obligated to advise appellant that a sexually violent predator (SVP) commitment was a possible consequence of his plea.
Supreme Court of California opinion holding that Petitioner was prejudiced by the erroneous admission of hearsay evidence in his probable cause hearing for involuntary commitment pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act.
California Court of Appeal opinion holding that old age, standing alone, is not a sufficient basis for overturning a SVP commitment.
California Supreme Court Opinion holding that a voter-passed constitutional amendment expanding parole eligibility to individuals convicted of non-violent felonies included non-violent sex offenses or people otherwise required to register.