United States v. Icker

As a police officer, the defendant used his badge to harass, grope, and force oral sex on several women. He pleaded guilty to depriving individuals of their civil rights under color of law. At sentencing, the District Court judge ordered him to comply with the requirements of SORNA, even though the crimes to which the … Read more

Commonwealth v. Zack

The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion regarding Megan’s Law III, sexually violent predators, SORNA I, Commonwealth v. Muniz, Commonwealth v. Neiman, and other related provisions. The opinion is best read within arm’s reach of Excedrin (or if you are one of our readers from the Garden State, maybe a green leafy substance). A defendant … Read more

Commonwealth v. Morgan

The Pennsylvania Superior Court addressed an issue left open by Commonwealth v. Lacombe: Does Pennsylvania’s sexual offense registry violate a registrant’s right to reputation provided in the Pennsylvania Constitution? Here, the defendant was subject to SORNA II’s registration requirements and claimed that his right to reputation under Sections 1 and 11 of Article I of … Read more

Commonwealth v. Stanley

The defendant was on probation for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, pursuant to Megan’s Law III. Later, he was found to be in violation of his probation and sentenced to further probation. He appealed the VOP sentence. The Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the sentence because Megan’s Law III expired in 2012 and must … Read more

Adams v. Pa. State Police

The Commonwealth Court rejected the petitioner’s application to declare that he was not required to register as a sex offender under SORNA I. The petitioner was placed on the original Megan’s Law when he was sentenced in 1998. Over the years, he was subject to Megan’s Law I, Megan’s Law II, Megan’s Law III, and … Read more

Rivera v. Pa. State Police

In Rivera v. Pa. State Police, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court acted in its original jurisdiction to address the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act. The petitioner claimed that Subchapter I’s registration requirements should not be imposed on him, that Subchapter I is punitive, and that imposition of the requirements constitutes an ex post facto violation. … Read more

Commonwealth v. Snyder

In Commonwealth v. Snyder, Appellant appealed the judgment of sentence imposed after a jury found him guilty of corruption of minors and related offenses. On appeal, he made four claims of error. The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the convictions. As to the sentence, the Court affirmed in part and reversed in part. The Court ruled: … Read more

Commonwealth v. Elliot

In Commonwealth v. Elliot, the defendant filed a PCRA petition requesting the lower court vacate his Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) designation. The court dismissed his petition as untimely. On appeal, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that, though the lower court erred in construing the defendant’s challenge to his registration, notification, and counseling (RNC) requirements as … Read more

T.L.P., Jr. v. PA State Police

In T.L.P., Jr. v. PA State Police, Petitioner sought a writ of mandamus compelling the Pennsylvania State Police to comply with an order of the Court of Common Pleas of York County, discharging Petitioner from his responsibility to register as a sex offender under SORNA, 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 9799.10 – .41. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court … Read more

A.L. v. PA State Police

In A.L. v. PA State Police, Petitioner sought review of an order of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). PSP adopted a hearing examiner’s proposed adjudication and order, thereby affirming the determination that Petitioner’s conviction under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), 10 U.S.C.§ 920(b)(3)(A), is comparable to a conviction under 18 … Read more