North Carolina Supreme Court opinion reversing conviction of homeless registrant for failure to register, concluding that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support an inference of deceptive intent and noting that only “willful” registration violations were criminalized.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion holding, in a matter of first impression, that a conviction for a failure to register under federal SORNA is based on a violation of federal SORNA’s registration requirements, which are independent of state law.
Minnesota Supreme Court opinion holding that, under Minnesota law, separate convictions for failure to register involving the same assignment of a corrections agent violated prohibitions against double jeopardy.
Ninth Circuit opinion, on remand from the United States Supreme Court, concluding that Appellant was not “in custody” under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 as result of his Alaska state conviction, despite SORNA registration requirements in Tennessee based on his Alaska conviction.
Massachusetts Court of Appeals opinion in failure to register case concluding that trial court judge abused his discretion in excluding expert testimony proposed by the defendant regarding mental disorders which impacted his ability to remember his registration obligation.
In a split decision, the Washington Supreme Court, sitting en banc, concludes that a pro se Petitioner's guilty to plea to a Failure to Register charge was constitutionally valid even though the trial court did not explicitly inform Petitioner that the knowledge element of failure to register necessarily includes knowledge of the specific circumstance giving rise to the responsibility to register under the statute.
Rhode Island Supreme Court opinion in postconviction registry challenge affirming Superior Court's judgment in part and quashed the judgment in part, concluding that Defendant is no longer required to register, that dates of alleged offenses, not dates of conviction, controlled whether a registration duty was violated, and that the state's argument that earlier convictions gave rise to new independent duty to register was outside the scope of remand.
United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi opinion holding that a nolo contendere plea, which resulted in Defendant's registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act ("SORNA"), is admissible in a prosecution for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a).
New Jersey Supreme Court opinion holding that enhanced penalties for failure to register passed after an obligation to register arose do not implicate ex post facto provisions of state or federal constitutions.
Kansas Court of Appeals opinion holding that violations of the Kansas Offender Registration Act are strict liability and do not violate substantive due process.