PA: Supreme Court ruling will reduce number of sex offenders required to register for life

A ruling issued by a sharply-divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court could greatly alter the registration requirements imposed on some types of convicted sex offenders.

The decision by the court’s majority states that offenders who commit some kinds of sex crimes, such as possessing child pornography, cannot be made to register with state police for life unless they commit at least one more sex crime after their initial convictions. In other words, they have to become recidivists to qualify for the lifetime registration. Full Article


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Geesh! I thought the commonwealth assumed a conviction is when a person is found guilty, handcuffed, booked, and sent to the cooler. This every picture is a conviction sounds ludicrous. Opening up one web page could bring up a 100 pictures. ‘You! my friend just got convicted one hundred times” Gotta luv the article photo. Look at all the old white guys like myself in the courtroom

PA increasingly sounding like a nice state to live in. Good court decision & good comments on this article. I used to think most of the comments questioning the registry was from people involved in the RSO reform movement. But not anymore. The outrage is way passed someone from an organization dropping talking points. There are real people with common sense personally affected by the registry. These folks probably never heard of organizations like ours. They just so happen to have a personal interest because they know some friend or family member who got caught up in these laws. Lots of dissent out there. Even local articles not posted to sites like this always bring in comments critical of the registry

If this law is successful, will it apply to ALL Tier 1 SOs with offenses described in the article?

These are the Executive Orders Signed By Obama,,,,In Particular 1 of them is to Call for the REGISTRATION OF ALL PERSONS,” That’s Just 1 Listen to the List,,,They Make Hitler, Mau, Stalin And Kim Jun Sicko…Look Like Angels By Comparison.. He Has Set the Stage for TOTAL ENSLAVEMENT,,,,GAME OVER PEOPLE,,The NEXT POTUS<<<>>>> has the stage set for Total CONTROL POLICE STATE>Believe That<

A 4-2 decision is hardly sharply divided. Does anyone know if people convicted of offences originally with a 10 yr registration be eligible or viable for an appeal? They changed some indecent assault charges to life time from 10trs. If you have two convictions at the same time with 10yr reg I think it would be.