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MI: ACLU Sues State Officials for the Fourth Time over Unconstitutional Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act

Source: 2/2/22

Civil rights organization says it’s unconstitutional to label people for life without individual review 
DETROIT – Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU), on behalf of 10 people who all previously won federal court rulings that Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA) is unconstitutional, filed a federal class action lawsuit against state officials over the latest version of the law. It is the fourth federal lawsuit the civil rights organization has filed challenging SORA in the past decade. The federal courts and the Michigan Supreme Court have repeatedly ruled that the earlier iteration of SORA was unconstitutional. 

Today’s lawsuit, Does v. Whitmer, or Does III, filed in U.S. District Court, argues that the new SORA statute, which went into effect in 2021, is also unconstitutional. Specifically, SORA fails to provide for individual review or an opportunity for removal, forcing tens of thousands of people, including people who didn’t even commit a sex offense, to be branded as sex offenders and subjected to extensive, and in most cases life-long restrictions, without any consideration of their individual circumstances, which is a violation of their due process and equal protection rights. The 193-page complaint also argues that SORA imposes unconstitutional retroactive punishment, including by retroactively extending the registration terms of thousands of people to life.

Michigan has one of the largest registries in the country; there are approximately 45,000 Michigan registrants, and almost 10,000 more who live out of state.  

“For nearly a decade, we have been fighting to put an end to an ineffective, bloated and unconstitutional registry that not only fails to protect survivors, but in fact makes families and communities less safe,” said Miriam Aukerman, ACLU of Michigan senior staff attorney. “The latest version of SORA is more of the same, and still puts tens of thousands of people on this list automatically without any consideration of their individual circumstances. What we’re asking for is very simple: consider the facts in each case before someone is tarred as a sex offender for life. Dying shouldn’t be the only way a person can get off the registry.” 

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Read your jury instructions that are online if you were convicted after a sting op where they unlawfully used a computer/ internet to defraud you. You were tricked if you did a plea to any in-person ONLY crime listed in mcl750.145d1a.
Those crimes cannot be committed on the internet or for showing up for a meeting with a fake underage persona . The laws and court rules are further bolstered by the jury instructions clearing you and demonstrating their multiple felonies against 100’s or probably 1000’s.
Examples: csaa…child sexually abusive activity mcl750.145c2 — they butcher it and keep you from the real full law and jury instructions. Your ” defense” attorneys play along as do the judges.
” mcl 722.675 Disseminating sexually explicit matter to minor…”
Is another hocus pocus prosecution. They are in person only crimes requiring commercial gain for the offenders. The internet is simply the platform utilized to set up the in person crime/s. All the crimes listed in mcl750.145d1a are in person only. It was a huge money maker for the AG and counties but 100% illegal ongoing criminal enterprise by the State officers involved. Commercial activity AND commercial gain with a real underage victim in-person is mandated by law.
THE LAW AND JURY INSTRUCTIONS are on your side. They are the criminals.

@anyone and everyone, just curious if anyone has heard anything new, on the case or if there is anything new on PACER?. I realize the wheels turn slowly, but you would think since when won 3 other cases, the wheels would turn just a little faster. It would be nice if there was at least an injunction put on the case until they work this out, I mean it’s not rocket science, the state lost 3 times , and changing a few words in the so called new law, doesn’t change the fact that they are going to lose again. They just need to speed it up a little bit in my opinion.

😕 I am concerned about the precedent being set by the State of Michigan (i.e., ignore the courts’ rulings, ignore the deadlines set for legislature to take action, make only minor tweaks around the edges, etc)… I am afraid this is exactly what we will see if PLF wins it’s lawsuit against USDOJ’s New SORNA Regulations. Sorry to be so pessimistic*, but the hysteric mobs and pandering politicians seem wedded for life to their beloved S.O. Registries. 😩

*Time to double-up on my meds! 😆

But, on a happy note, I am quite certain that PLF will win it’s lawsuit against new SORNA!! 👍🏻😁

Last edited 13 days ago by David ⚜️
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