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MI: Lawmakers ordered to revise the Sex Offender Registry Act

A U.S. district court judge is giving Michigan lawmakers 90 days to change the state’s sex offender registry law, almost three years after it was first ruled unconstitutional by federal appeals court.

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued an order that the law must be changed on Thursday.

The ruling stems from an August 2016 decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati which found that Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act was unconstitutional. Full Article

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This is wonderful news about Judge Cleland’s temporary order. HALLELUYAH !!! Does anyone have a link to the Judge’s actual order? I’d like to download the written order to have it in my possession. Thank you ACLU and The Oliver Group for all they have done so far on our behalf. PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU.

@ Josh…I agree with your assessment of the situation. And I am praying about it. There is a long way to go yet, before any “new” law is enacted. I do not believe, for one, that Judge Cleland is going to take a back seat to some law that does not cut “constitutional” muster. The State is screwing around with him, as well as us, and the Judge knows it.

@John….I am on GPS tether while on parole, and was paying $13.00 per day until March 1st. Then some new law kicked in, and I now pay $60.00 per month. BIG SAVINGS! I still pay the supervision fee of $40.00 per month, but I am paying out about $340.00 a month less with the new law. I am blessed to be able to keep my payments up to date. I believe that shows the parole board that I am trying to exercise financial responsibility, which is a part of being a returning citizen, in my opinion. My heart goes out… Read more »

I paid my parole supervision fee, but refuse too pay the Teather fee while I was on parole I owe like $10,000. I keep my lifetime fee up to date. But now that they doubled it will only pay the 365 like I agreed too. I passed a polygraph with the questions they wanted on my case at the states polygraph person I had to pay for while on probation because I refused to admit I did something I did not do at SOP I got lifetime because of a “technical” on probation. I brought my special needs daughter too… Read more »

@quietman yes definitely a savings. I was on gps for 2 years in 2010 after serving 17 1/2 yrs and paid almost 10k for the gps. They garnished my wages from my work and was taking almost $300 every 2 weeks. It was like I was making minimum wage at a pretty good job. I was pissed. As for u paying. U should not have to pay to b free. That’s absurd. You’re basically paying the state to be released from prison. That’s trash. If they dont feel you’re fit for society then keep you locked up. The same can… Read more »

I haven’t spoke for awhile … just waiting to hear anything out of the Michigan legislature, house judiciary committee, on the alleged “NEW” SORA legislation. Anyone have anything new to inform us about. With Gov. Gretchen extending her emergency orders, I haven’t hear much about SORA legislation revisions. I am truly hoping Judge Cleland will get tired of all this “cr-p” and issue his final judgment, so we can get on with our lives. I believe the Judge is a fair man. As with so many of my fellow brothers and sisters out there in SORA land, we just want… Read more »

The judges order states final judgement suspended until the emergency declaration is over or “(b) when the Court determines that the conditions giving rise to the need for this Interim Order no longer apply.” Committee meetings are taking place, laws are being introduced and passed why can’t this be worked on and the time restriction upheld. We know unless forced the law will stand as is and we know the Governor will continue to extend the state of emergency declaration. The ruling was logical at the time but now its not and needs to be revised is there anyway for… Read more »

I myself never took a look at the SORNA laws that started in 2006 when I got into this mess in 2012 Two years latter after SORNA they approved guidelines to this Sex Offender Registration Notification Act. This SORNA Act or orginazation sounds like a second fiddle with unbias and unconstutional strings in this white wash internet game in many respects. SORNA is an unguided power of painting something black. Who’s legilation is guiding ones’ mind control with this SORNA Is it the man behind the wheel putting much of this in motion. Believe it or not their was a… Read more »

@ Guy….thank you Guy for the email info from Tim P. of the ACLU. As it was spelled out, I figured that was what was happening. One bit of info I did find helpful, is what Tim P. stated about the SORA bill in the House Judiciary committee…..”as we (the ACLU) understand it, the bill is dead in committee.” I do pray that is so! All the opposition to the bill must have paid off. BRAVO!! Let all stay alert and help where we can. Peace be with all of you.

@ MC …. I agree with you COMPLETELY. I was convicted in 1997. I plead guilty, ( because I was & I wanted to save my victim any more trauma by going to court), with the knowledge that I would only spend 25 years on the registry. It WAS part of my legal calculations to except my conviction. Like every one else pre-2006 & 2011, I had no idea that that government would come back and act in an unconstitutional way toward us. I saw my legal proceedings as an agreement between myself and the State of Michigan. MY BAD!!!… Read more »

@ Guy … Thank you so much for the info from ACLU Tim. I do believe Judge Cleland has had ENOUGH of this “dragging of the feet” by the State of Michigan. I do believe he IS going to lay down the LAW finally to the State. This may be over by the end of this year!!! I pray that it is. I have 23+ years on this thing and in 20 months, my 25 years is up. Hopefully sooner! Peace be with you all.

#Quietman, I to received the same email from Tim. I also hope this means Cleveland is tired of all the States excuses and will render a final judgement soon. I was convicted back in 1992 when I was 23 and before the registry ever existed. I was retroactively given 25 years as well, which actually started in 1995 my original 25 years was up on 6-19-2020, but when they changed my registration start date from 1995 to 1992 my conviction date. I now have 28 years in 3 years past the 25 years, since it was changed to life in… Read more »

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