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Tag Archives: SORNA

US Supreme Court to decide: Can a sex offender challenge SORNA rule?

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court considered this week whether a sex offender convicted before the enactment of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act has standing to challenge the constitutionality of the law and of an interim rule that retroactively applied the law to him.

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10-1786 U.S. v. Leach

Criminal Procedure Ex Post Facto Clause; SORNA The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act does not violate the Ex Post Facto Clause. “To violate the Ex Post Facto Clause, moreover, a law must be both retrospective and penal. But whether a comprehensive registration regime targeting only sex offenders is penal, as Leach concedes, is not an open question. In Smith ...

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09-3117 U.S. v. Sanders

SORNA Constitutionality Thee Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act’s requirement that convicted sex offenders update their registration when they cross a state line is constitutional. “[T]he obligation to register imposed by section 16913 and the criminal penalties imposed by section 2250 on those who cross state lines without complying with their registration obligations are inextricably intertwined, as this court and ...

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