In a stunning turn of events, the Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Lacombe ruled that Subchapter I of the SORNA is nonpunitive and thus applying it to individuals who were committed crimes and were sentenced before its enactment does not violate the the prohibition on ex post facto laws. This breaks with Commonwealth v. Muniz, … Read more
The defendant was convicted of homicide and sexual assault charges in 2000, was awarded a new trial, and in 2007 again convicted of the charges. In 2018, with the Innocence Project as his counsel, he moved for a new trial, arguing that changes in bitemark identification reliability and scientific validity had changed sufficiently to undermine … Read more
Appellant challenged his sentence for failing to register as a sex-offender under the 18 Pa.C.S. § 4915, which since has been ruled unconstitutional. The Supreme Court held that his sentence on this void statute is an illegal sentence and vacated the judgments of sentence.
University of the Sciences expelled a student after the school determined that he violated the code of conduct by engaging in two sexual assaults. The student was unsuccessful in appealing that ruling within the school’s administrative process, so he filed suit in federal court. The district court granted the school’s 12(b)(6) motion. The 3rd Circuit … Read more