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PA: Sex predator law challenged by Cosby to get court review

Pennsylvania’s highest court will consider whether the state can lawfully designate certain sex offenders as sexually violent predators, as it’s seeking to do in the case of Bill Cosby.

Cosby’s attorneys also are challenging the constitutionality of the law.

But the state Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to review the statute was made in response to an appeal by the state in a different case, not Cosby’s challenge. A lower court judge had found the process by which offenders are deemed predators unconstitutional. Full Article

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  1. Chris F

    High profile people like Cosby are our best hope of getting registration looked at seriously by judges.

    I wish it could also be the vehicle to get the correct information out to the public regarding the unconstitutionality of sex offender laws and statistics. Unfortunately, that type of correct information doesn’t sell newspapers or generate web clicks.

  2. Tim Moore

    Did I hear a faint ring of the Liberty Bell? Thank you Keystone State.

  3. totally against public registry

    It takes money to attack these ridiculous laws- don’t care much for Cosby but if his attorneys can prove unconstitutionality of the SVP it would be wonderful. One state at a time! We need to fight it in California. Wish Cosby lived in California : (

  4. Brian #1

    I thought the SVP law was already taken down in Pennsylvania, wasn’t it BUTLER who it was ruled on. I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure it was ruled unconstitutional already.

    • Michael

      The article doesn’t provide a lot of details, does it?

    • ACT 10 - SORNA - DONE!

      @ Brian #1

      Yes, Butler was the case, however, PA SUPERIOR COURT made the ruling and the DA appealed the ruling and the PA Supreme Court finally agreed to hear the appeal from Commonwealth. Once the PA Supreme Court does here it, and it is ruled on again for the registered citizen, the Commonwealth can then again fight to the US Supreme Court only, on the Butler Ruling, they cant speak of the Muniz Ruling At all.

      • Brian#1

        ACT 10 – SORNA – DONE
        Wow I thought he butler case was already done and over with, I didn’t know it was appealed, thought I knew a thing or two here for a second, I’m sure any case that gets to PASC that has been rulled in favor of the plantif will most likely be rulled in favor at the PASC as well, I don’t think that SCOTUS is very interested in hearing about SO cases, but a high profile case like Cosby may get their attention, if they rull in his favor that will shake the registry right across the face.

  5. j

    the tables can also be turned with high profile case(s), anything can happen between now & 2021 (speaking of california mind you) *example* could be another high profile case snd yet something horric happens again and gains wide-wide media attention-pertaining to a child or children, now California has time to alter and switch hands to what was to what it could be,, california to me is on a great track (but my opinion only) and of course respecting each and all opinions.

  6. David

    Hmmm, a silver lining to the conviction of well-known and wealthy individual? Perhaps Mr. Crosby would like to make a very large financial donation to ACSOL?? 🤗🤞👍

  7. James

    Well as of now Act 10 is unconstitutional for the fact they are trying to cram old Megan’s law and Sorna together once again. The facts is the they have people registering before Dec. 20th 2012 and post Dec. 20th. They are trying to have their cake and eat it too. I am challenging the law myself due to Constitutionality of how it’s written. As of right now PSP has failed to update the website, failed to set up pre Dec. 20 phone line for individuals to call for updates, and removing existing info for people that was pre Dec 20th, due to the fact that old Megan’s Law only required our address and schooling nothing else. I will continue to fight to change for our people. And too another idea I have in the bag is that Pennsylvania and other states has laws on Hate Crimes. Well having us labeled and etc isnt that a hate crime in its self?

    • Brian

      @James
      Act 10 is applied expostfacto as well, all former Megan’s law were expired without saving clause, they think they can rewrite it and reapply it, but it won’t hold up in court, once my friend Terry hopefully is heard by PASC Act 10 will be no more. I don’t know how people are going to fight and win again see SORNA who are post ML meaning charged and convicted after 12/20/2012, that’s a whole different fight, but I think it is a fight that can and will be won, someone just has to decode the law and brake it down piece by piece, these laws are all bad and unconstitutional, they do nothing but harm people and their families, they say it’s for the public to be protected but it’s a hate list, public shaming,taring and feathering people and putting them on display for others to point and laugh at or harm them, it’s a feel good law for the sick politicians, the people who were all picked on and bullied as kids, now their getting back at people by making thses hate lists, they done care about public safety, they care about how much money they can get by passing these laws, the more people they get on the hate list, the more money thy earn.

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