New York Court of Appeals opinion holding that SORA requires persons subject to its foreign registration requirements to be designated as “sexually violent” regardless of whether their underlying offense was violent in nature.
New York Appellate Division holding as a matter of first impression that, because of the life-long implications of SORA risk level, when a defendant has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination the SORA court should not assess any points for a failure to accept responsibility when defendant's trial testimony denied the allegations and he has a pending direct appeal.
Michigan Court of Appeals opinion reversing lower court decision and concluding that because SORA is a punitive collateral consequence for the conviction of certain crimes, a defendant must be informed of its imposition before entering a guilty plea and the registration requirement must be included in the judgment of sentence.
Michigan Court of Appeals opinion in Eighth Amendment case concluding that Michigan’s SORA statute, as amended in 2021, is punitive in effect and that its punishment was cruel and unusual as applied to defendant where the offense underlying the registration requirement lacked a sexual component.
Indiana Court of Appeals opinion affirming trial court's denial of Plaintiff's ex post facto challenge which sought removal from Indiana's registry where Plaintiff's 30 year-old out-of-state conviction pre-existed the relevant statutes requiring registration.
Missouri Supreme Court opinion holding that allegations in abandoned charges could not be considered in determining sex offense registration status and that a sheriff lacked authority to determine whether Appellant was required to register, but concluding that a writ of prohibition was not appropriate to control the sheriff because his determination was not a judicial or quasi-judicial act.
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.
D.C. Court of Appeals opinion holding that the "two or more" requirement for the imposition of lifetime registration in the District's SORA statute applies to individuals upon their second qualifying disposition, inclusive of the instant disposition.