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PA: Megan’s Law list might get smaller

The number of sex offenders on the state’s Megan’s Law sex offender registry could drop as the result of a July ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, three Valley district attorneys and the Pennsylvania State Police say. Full Article

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    Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz said the law hasn’t changed, but rather the application of it.

    “Commonwealth vs. Muniz held retroactive SORNA registration requirements were unconstitutional because it caused an increased punishment after the fact,” Matulewicz said. “The person is subject to the registration requirements at the time of sentencing. That being said, registration will most likely decline.”

    Matulewicz said Northumberland County always had a high number of registered offenders but said there are not a lot of repeat offenders. He said the county keeps up with offenders.

    “Children referrals, communication with Children and Youth services, Child Advocacy Center interviews and referrals, Megan’s Law database and reports given directly to the district attorney’s office are all reviewed,” he said. “Then they are referred to local police departments and direct complaints to local and state police departments.”

    Union County District Attorney Pete Johnson said the new law should be respected.

    “The Supreme Court ruling is our highest court ruling,” Johnson said. “We have to follow it. The people who got pulled into the registration under those old circumstances are going to be off the registry itself.”

    Johnson said some individuals who had to register for 10 years would have been forced onto the lifetime list, but the new law will now take them off the list.

    “The Supreme Court said you are going backwards if you apply that and that can’t be done,” Johnson said. “They ruled that was punishing people without due process.”

  2. Fml

    The comments on the articles page are disgusting. Maybe we should all just brand ourselves and then pull the trigger (sarcasm)…sounds like that’s what society wants.

    • Michael

      People are ignorant. It’s too hard and too time consuming to educate oneself on the facts. It’s so much easier to listen to and believe politicians and others with ulterior motives.


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    As my husband says, who cares what people think. What does it matter what people think as long as the laws are swaying back towards protecting his or your civil rights, then let it go!

    • Fml

      Wish I had your husbands strength and outlook

    • AJ

      Bingo. Haters will hate, and closed minds will never find, read or believe anything beyond what makes them feel best. No matter how often, how loud, or how said, some simply will not realize “sex offender” covers many, many offenses of varying severity and type. They likewise will not ever believe in anything but a “they can never be cured” mentality.

      I wonder how many of the commenters were even aware of the changes that had taken place over the years with PA’s MLs. Did they see any change in crime because of the laws getting more severe? Of course not. Will they see any change in crime as this gets rolled back? Of course not. But they will never stay interested in the topic long enough to discover that truth.

  4. Michael

    Might get smaller? Oh, it will definitely get smaller, at least in the interim.

  5. TJ

    My husband believes we all need to keep faith in God. His judgement is the only judgement, that is from both of us. God worked Muniz through the court system. Muniz was chosen as the person to march through the system. He was also the one who ran before sentencing. He wasn’t the best canidate for this because of his choice to run, however God helps also loves the sinner. Moving forward, God made this happen in Michigan. As my husband stated, allow God to finish this.

    • kind of living

      great post ! and Great news ! I really needed to see that , Thank you , very strong wording in that court , and very clear in its view

    • AJ

      Amen, and thank you for posting this. Jonah ran, too, but was still found useful. 🙂 I agree, the Muniz and Snyder cases are part of His plans and activities. Remember Mark 11:24!

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    Has anyone heard or know if PA Appealed to Scotus?

    And do they have only to the end of the day tomorrow Oct 16 or end if day Oct 17 2017?

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    Did the Commonwealth of Pa file the writ to cert to the US Supreme Court today?

    As it looks to my husband, they didnt and the Sept 5 2017 order states the Commonwealth has to file and have a date stamp PRIOR TO OCT 17 2017 or the stay is lifted on OCT 17 2017.

    Is this really over today!!!!!!

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