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PA: Challenge to SORNA retroactivity reaches Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In the last few years, Pennsylvania’s courts have taken an active role in defining the propriety and scope of the state’s sex offender registration program.  Following on the heels of a December 2014 decision striking down sex offender registration for juveniles, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a sweeping challenge to the retroactive application of Pennsylvania’s adult sex offender registry. Full Article

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  1. Mike r

    beautiful finally someone challenging the real issues. I only hope they are competent and argue the issues intelligently.

  2. New Person

    Oh wow!

    A second point that the Penn group has is “…Pennsylvania’s Constitution includes reputation as a fundamental right.”

    I think this part of Penn’s constitution is paramount for deregulation of registration as it presumes all who register will re-offend. But I dislike that there is a science based risk assessment tool b/c that also presumes one will re-offend. Do DUI’s have this risk assessment tool? Or any other convicted group?

    Now, as to whether or not it’s punitive could be dicey. I forget which state, but one state said in three instances that registration was punitive, but the last case said it wasn’t punitive so that the everyone will remain on the registry save the three people from the previous judgments.

    Will Pennsylvania be the first to state registration is punishment? Very interesting, in deed!

    California doesn’t have that “reputation is fundamental right”, does it?

  3. David

    I hope a very large dose of Quaker values, integrity, and courage will inform the court’s ruling.
    (It is a primary tenet of the Quaker faith that “There is that of God in everyone.”)

    • Timmr

      I thought that was also a generally America value, maybe not practiced very often, that everyone has inherent rights. We are not commodities in this culture to be regulated like trash. Almost the whole legal system believes otherwise, though.

  4. Chris Bloom

    Megan’s law; a fate worse than death? My cousin just killed himself prior to his sentencing. This young man chose death over a life time on Megan’s law. They say it isn’t a punishment but your duty. But this young man chose a death sentence over a lifetime on Megan’s law….. Do you hear that? Death over Megan’s law!

    • David Kennerly

      I am really sorry to hear that! That is a terrible waste of a young life. I hope that others considering suicide would be able to hear others of us who could assure them that life on the Registry, as awful as that can be, is still worth living and that joining with others in their situation to fight injustice can, nevertheless, be very rewarding and provide meaning and purpose in their lives.

      My sincere condolences!

    • Erwin

      Pretty horrible & sad. My heart goes out to your family. For anyone considering suicide, please seek emotional support from family & friends. Megan’s Law can be trying on a young person just starting out trying to get a job & housing. But that’s where friends, family, and connections come in handy.

    • Lake County

      I think we all consider our mortality under Megan’s Law. Whether at our own hands or by a vigilante’s hands.

    • Timmr

      Yes, the proponents of these laws admittedly tailor it so. They say the victim’s life after the offense is worse than death, so the offenders life should be so, also. Hallelujah, redemption everyone! They have a very all one size fits all defeatist view of what both a victim or an offender is or can be. Sadly our society has become devoid of humanity, adhering to this viewpoint as gospel. People die whose death was pointless, but I can see why.

  5. David

    America and many other countries pay insurgents/terrorists to agree to stop killing Americans. In exchange they get second chances along with a home, pay and job help. It’s called insurgent reintrigation. They say the recividism rate is very low for insurgents/terrorist.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-us-afghan-plan-to-buy-off-militants-may-be-failing/2016/05/16/79ea22f8-1a65-11e6-aa55-670cabef46e0_story.html

  6. Mike r

    WOW THATS amazing. I guess I should not be surprised that are government is paying trained killers and from what I’ve read men that keep and molest young boys but persecute their own citizens including children in their own country for life. DISGUSTING

  7. David H

    wow finally a lawsuit hitting on the issues. I hope the plaintiffs and their attorney’s are strong!

    Too many times I suspect hate groups conspire to take forth a case from some desperate RC,knowing they cant win, while setting up ill founded case law in the process. These are people with an agenda and know how to nationally manipulate the courts and therefore public policy!!

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