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PA’s high court rules retroactive SORNA violates constitution

By NARSOL’s editorial board…..

Breaking and exciting news comes today from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is, as far as we know, the first published analysis of the case:

http://ccresourcecenter.org/2017/07/19/pa-high-court-holds-sex-offender-registration-unconstitutional/

The NARSOL contact in Pennsylvania reached out to someone who is knowledgeable about the case, and he sends us this analysis:

By Jerry Berardi….

In a 6-1 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Muniz, ruled that 1) the provisions in SORNA’s registration constitute punishment notwithstanding the General Assembly’s identification of the provisions as non-punitive; 2) retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions violates the federal ex post facto clause; and 3) retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions also violates the ex post facto clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Defendant Muniz was convicted in 2007 of two counts of indecent assault arising out of an incident where he touched the breasts of his girlfriend’s 12-year old daughter. At the time of the offense, the registration period for Megan’s Law was 10 years. Muniz failed to appear for his sentencing hearing and absconded until he was captured on unrelated charges in Rhode Island in September 2014. SORNA replaced Megan’s Law III in 2012 whereas persons convicted of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, 18 Pa.C.S. §3126(a)(7), are now categorized as Tier III offenders and are required to register as sex offenders for the remainder of their lives. Accordingly, Muniz was sentenced to 4 to 14 months’ imprisonment and ordered to comply with lifetime registration requirements under SORNA. Muniz filed a post-sentence motion seeking application of the 10-year registration period under Megan’s Law III, which was the law in place at the time of his offense and conviction instead of lifetime registration under SORNA. The trial court and the Pennsylvania Superior Court denied his motion, which was then appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania’s ex post facto clause provides greater protections than the federal counterpart, and SORNA’s registration provisions violate the federal clause; therefore, they are also unconstitutional under the state clause.

The logical assumption is that this ruling means that all registrants who were sentenced to register for a specified time period before SORNA took effect in 2012 will now revert to that time frame instead of the enhanced registration requirements brought about by Pennsylvania adopting SORNA. The implication is, then, that those originally sentenced to a 10-year registration period pre-SORNA will no longer have to register for 15 years.

More on this highly significant ruling will follow.

This topic contains 98 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Anonymous 1 week ago.

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  • #24477 Reply

    Brian

    I guess no word on SCOTUS?

    • #24486 Reply

      Anonymous

      @Brian
      …sadly, Not that I am aware of.

  • #24454 Reply

    Anonymous

    Here, another one out of the many happening somewhere (reported or not) everyday in every State & territories.

    NYPD Cop Exposed Himself To Pre-Teen Girls, Police Say

    https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/cop-exposed-himself-pre-teen-girls-nypd-says

    …but…but…but… They (law enforcement officers, politicians, judges) wouldn’t do that!
    *looks the other way*

  • #23925 Reply

    Anonymous

    Yeap! All this attention is surely not going to help our case/cause/arguments… Please, be prepared (if you aren’t already) to accept the reality that this registry(ies) ploy to keep people in shackles (physical & mental, maybe even spiritual) by utilizing fear mongering as an excuse or reason will never go away! It is clearly (to me at least) that it is part of the ultimate plan for total control of the populace.
    ***Save it! I know, I already have my tin foil hat on in place***

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kate-beckinsale-alleges-harvey-weinstein-141038401.html

    https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/james-van-der-beek-reveals-063703723.html

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/anthony-bourdain-rips-hillary-clinton-034719679.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/bill_cosby/index.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/15/us/jerry-sandusky-son-pleads-guilty/index.html

    …and a lot more news stuff/garbage at a Local, State, Federal level and International too if you care to research it! It is…just…overwhelming! 🙁 Oh well, right!!?

    (please forgive me, just not a positive day for me with all these “sexual scandals’ ” news and more possible War with World tensions so high…we humans just can not seem to get along anywhere)

    Anyhow regardless of my tough day, I wish you all an Outstanding day! 🙂
    …and thank you NARSOL for what you do for me and many by presenting the truth and fighting for the rights (Constitutional and otherwise) of all! 🙂

  • #23898 Reply

    Anonymous

    In case anyone is wondering what the individual that caused harm to Megan Kanka is up to. This person was the main reason used to green-light/create the registry!
    http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/02/nj_appeals_court_rejects_latest_attempt_by_jesse_t.html

    –I am re-posting this from another NARSOL article’s comment section because, I thought others would find it helpful & informative–

    AWA Loses in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court

    @Mark
    Thank you for your sharing of gun crime registry news!
    http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2017/10/10/gun-offender-registry-moving-forward-delaware/751960001/

    Here take a look:
    “Adam John Walsh (November 14, 1974 – July 27, 1981) was an American boy who was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, on July 27, 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Florida’s Turnpike in rural St. Lucie County, Florida. His death earned national publicity. His story was made into the 1983 television film Adam, seen by 38 million people in its original airing.[2] His father, John Walsh, became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and was the host of the television program America’s Most Wanted.[3]

    Convicted serial killer Ottis Toole confessed to Adam’s murder, but was never convicted for this specific crime due to loss of evidence and a recanted confession. Toole died in prison of liver failure on September 15, 1996.[4] Although no new evidence has come forth, on December 16, 2008, police announced that the Walsh case was closed as they were satisfied that Toole was the murderer.”

    For years I have known that the supposed killer was not even a “convicted sex offender”, but that did not stop John Walsh from going on a vendetta against RSO’s, starting TV Shows racking up fortunes while becoming a household name synonymous with “tough on predators”. Sadly but also Ironically…
    “On the afternoon of July 27, 1981, Revé, Adam’s mother, took him shopping with her to the Hollywood (“Sears”) Mall in Hollywood, Florida (26°00′46″N 80°10′30″W). They went together to the Sears store and entered via the north entrance.[5] Revé intended to inquire about a lamp which was on sale, and left Adam at a kiosk with Atari 2600 video games on display where several other boys were taking turns playing games. Revé completed her business in the lamp department at approximately 12:15 pm.[5][6] She said that she returned to find that Adam and the other boys had disappeared. A store manager informed her that a scuffle had broken out over whose turn it was at the kiosk and a security guard demanded that they leave the store. The security guard asked the older ones if their parents were there, and they said that they were not.[7] It was later conjectured by Adam’s parents that he was too shy to speak to the security guard, who presumed that he was in the company of the other boys, and as such the security guard made him leave by the same door that they did (which was the Sears west entrance). His parents believe that after the other boys dispersed, Adam was left alone outside the store, at an exit unfamiliar to him.[7][8] Meanwhile, unable to find Adam in the toy department, Revé had Adam paged over the Sears public address system and continued to look for him throughout the store. She by coincidence ran into Adam’s grandmother Jean inside the store, who helped her search for her son. After more than 90 minutes of fruitless searching and public address pages which failed to turn up Adam, she called the Hollywood Police at 1:55 pm.[5]”
    …where the parents ever charge with negligence on their part? Child endangerment? Where they criticized by the masses as unfit to be parents?

    Also, did you know that John Walsh (Adam’s celebrity dad) was dating Adam’s mother (John’s wife) while she was under age?…
    “In his book Tears of Rage, Walsh openly admits being in a relationship with 16-year-old Revé when Walsh was in his early 20s and aware of the age of consent being 17 in New York.[20] Critics of Adam Walsh Act have pointed out that, had he been convicted, Walsh himself would be subject to sex offender registration under the law which he aggressively promoted.”
    …huh, was he ever arrested for it? No. I even know of and seen a video that was circulating years ago where someone had confronted/interviewed him about him (John Walsh) dating an underage girl (which later became his wife, I am aware of this!) and he responded very cocky about it!
    …here I found said video!

    How about his open views…(never mind what is in his head; I do not even want to know!) about RSO’s…
    “John Walsh generated a great deal of controversy during a summer press tour in 2006 when he stated to the media he jokingly told senators to implant “exploding” chips in the anuses of sex offenders. He stated, “I said implant it in their anus and if they go outside the radius, explode it, that would send a big message.” Walsh stated this was a “joke,” but that “nobody thought it was funny.”[17] Walsh later suggested implanting GPS chips in such criminals.[18]

    John Walsh also faced criticism when he advised women to never hire a male babysitter, which was seen as a blatantly sexist remark. “It’s not a witch hunt,” he said. “It’s all about minimizing risks. What dog is more likely to bite and hurt you? A Doberman, not a poodle. Who’s more likely to molest a child? A male.”[19]”
    …but that is “somehow, thru connection I guess” not considered a threat nor, is it considered intent to harm, conspiracy to harm, intent to conspire to commit harm or mentally unstable! (after all, he did loose a loved one, and much closer to his mind Adam, his son)

    And last, but not least read this:
    Some critics accuse Walsh of creating predator panic by using his publicity.[21] Walsh was heard by Congress on February 2, 1983, where he gave an unsourced claim of 50,000 abducted and 1.5 million missing children annually. He testified that the U.S. is “littered with mutilated, decapitated, raped, strangled children”,[22] when in fact, later Department of Justice study from 1999 found only 115 incidences of stereotypical kidnappings perpetrated by strangers, of which about 50 resulted in death or child not being found.[23] Critics claim that Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, which started without funding in 1981, generated 1.5 million dollars annually following his testimony before the Congress.[22] In fiscal year ending 2015, Walsh’s private charity, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, received income from the following sources:

    Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,810,614
    Federated Campaigns $157,239
    Fundraising Events $2,257,837
    Government Grants $31,886,730

    for a total of $42,112,420. Compensation of the CEO, John Ryan, was $442,924 or over 1% of expenses. [24]

    …but no charges of deceit, perjury or intent to commit such, charges for creating a public panic or contributing to Inducing panic (when a person causes the evacuation of any public place, or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or alarm) nor was his private charity investigated (to the best of public knowledge).

    @Chuck
    “I saw the typo but it is still the 17th. I added it up right just made a typo writing it out.”
    …we all make mistakes! (Lol in sympathy)

    @Brian
    …you are correct in your assessment! Any other crime, even murder (non-sexually related) is more easily overlooked and/or forgiven than sexually related crimes or “sex offenders” as we are labeled. People have been conditioned to associate sex offenses as automatic child molesters, rapist and sickos without remorse and always waiting and ready to strike. That perception could not be further from the truth, but nobody cares to give a RSO a chance. I do not fret for their ignorance as much as for their choice to stay ignorant.

    Also; You are welcome! I am glad to know that “my time” is appreciated. 🙂

    (I should have gone to school and/or gotten a job to be a researcher! …If only I would have known the internet would exist…I also would have bought Google IPO shares)

    Good night to everyone! I refuse to be on very late tonight.

  • #23816 Reply

    Anonymous

    @Brian
    (…about my previous post to you and to anyone) You are welcome! 🙂

    Good afternoon to everyone!
    I read this article and thought others would find it informative. This Professor is “Rational” about the reality confronting RSO’s and the laws that bind everyone involved. Please, look to the right side (currently) of the Website/Blog. Notice the amount of bills introduced that are fear mongering! Great way to score political points with voters huh! Do all these public servants really care for public safety and the lives of all…yes, all? I wonder…(but do know that many would say and always think that all convicted of any crime should not be integrated or permitted with “regular/law abiding” society. Yeap, because they do not make mistakes! (or get caught, or tricked, or set-up, or blackmailed; They are just perfect).
    Thank you NARSOL for the article!

    Professor Catherine Carpenter: The unconstitutionality of sex offense laws

  • #23764 Reply

    Anonymous

    @terry brunson @Chuck
    Thank you both for trying to keep us all informed! It is challenging to decide what avenues to take on an uncertain road of random paths to outcomes.

    @Robin Keymaster
    I admire your genuine good heart to want to keep people safe of undue harm (specially the legal kind!)
    I know it must be tough for moderators to read , review, research, select and authorize posts on a public forum while still keeping an open platform with the Constitutional rights afforded to each citizen. My hat off to the service all of you perform that often does not get thanked so; Thanks!

    @Brian
    …I hope my reply to your question(s) or the AWA NARSOL article helps.

    Good night to everyone! (having a hard time falling asleep)
    🙂

    • #23811 Reply

      Brian

      @ Anonymous
      Thank you for the information that lead me in the correct direction very much appreciate that. Hopefully we will get some good news on the 17th then.

      @ Terry Brunson
      I think I’m going to hold off on filing anything to the psp. Thank you for all of your very helpful information as well.

      Everyone just think positive and the outcome will most likely be a positive outcome that’s my experience anyway.

  • #23668 Reply

    Anonymous

    …I have not posted in a few days, but have chosen not to post as I/we wait for October 19 or 17 or whatever it keeps changing to for the SCOTUS to accept or deny AG Freed appeal/Writ of Certiorari. Now I keep hearing/reading that there is a “stay” issued (by the PA Supreme Court, if I understood correctly) so, now there is more time to wait (6 weeks from what I hear) while these supposed servants, but definitely violators of the Constitution and Oath of Office (therefore, criminals of the highest order) are afforded time for some “legislative fix” that may affect many if not all of the supposed 4,500 to 10,000 RSO’s that should have been given relief upon the conclusion of our own State Supreme Court and that of 5 other States when “they” had no problems making everything retroactive and immediate and there is no major march known or planned on Capitol Hill on this issue or legal proceeding (lawsuits) against the State of PA and every official violating the law and our rights? (Rhetorical question! I get it, it would “slow” down the process of this victory under Muñiz “further”) And we are supposed to wait!!!…more???

    …plus there have been people calling the PSP (the PA body of law enforcement competent for some things and not others) and have gotten nothing, but run around and empty answers to what they know is not only morally, ethically right, but also lawfully right. Add to that all this hearsay about PSP taking 12-18 months to look into removing any RSO’s (if any at all) and that we not even get letters on this issue until “sometime 2018” with specific months being spoken of by Officials and RSO’s all over the place!!! …As in nobody knows or seems to care!!! …and then some wonder why many lose sight of greener pastures or “hope” in this Country/World’s system of treating Humans (at least the peaceful ones) and have no desire to connect further with life. To those that feel that way, I do not condone and will not applaud harm to anyone, ever, period! But I understand you! For almost 15 years, I understand you!

    And this is only a fight at State level for our right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” as residents of PA. If we leave PA to do that elsewhere we are subject to another State’s SORNA laws because apparently (and clearly to me) nothing is uniform and/or consistent. How is that OK? …and add to that the “International Megan’s Law” not many seem to talk about or be even aware of brewing in “Countries near you” and being worked on as part of the Master Plan of control over our lives, what we do, where we do it, who we do it with and ultimately, over people’s lives with criminal record or not! Wake up!!! (to those that are not yet, awaken). RSO’s are subject to notifications & requirements to that as well! …somehow!!! How many of you know what the requirements are currently with overseas travel? Passports? Do you care?

    Again, as I keep asking for…where are the Pro Bono “free” lawyers, the Law Scholars, Professors of Constitution and Human Rights Advocates at en masse on these issues??? (NARSOL excluded)

    I am sorry to say, but it can not just be NARSOL!

    • #23699 Reply

      terry brunson

      I am filing a Writ of Mandamus in the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg 9 a.m. 11 Oct 2017. against the PSP . I will tell you the outcome. Muniz is the Law in Pa. if you don’t want to wait for the PSP to do the right thing- do as I file pro se Mandamus Writ under State’s rights of the PA Constitution and comity MUNIZ . You have to file the Mandamus in Harrisburg Pa. The filling fee is 65.50 or you can proceed In Forma Paupus if you don’t have the $65.50 to pay the commonwealth court.

      • #24457 Reply

        r

        thanks for all the input terry, its been very helpful for me. in regards to the 19th, how soon do ya possibly think we should know about the us, supreme court decision once they make the decision, ?

      • #23771 Reply

        Chuck

        Terry,
        From what I have read, there is seven elements one has to put forth in their edit. There are described in the following:
        The plaintiff shall set forth in the complaint:

        (1) the name and description of the plaintiff and defendant;

        (2) the facts upon which plaintiff relies for the relief sought;

        (3) the act or duty the defendant is required to perform and the refusal to perform it;

        (4) the interest of the plaintiff in the result;

        (5) the damages, if any;

        (6) the want of any other adequate remedy at law;

        (7) a prayer for the entry of a judgment against the defendant commanding that the defendant perform the act or duty required to be performed and for damages, if any, and costs.

        As you can seee in number 3 one would have to show how the PSP has refused to comply with the decision in Commonwealth vs Muniz. How can you show that when the section HAS NOT become law yet. The PSP cannot break the law. Untill Pa has exhausted ALL of their Appeals there is NO requirement to remove anyone from anywhere.

        I would love to here your thoughts

        • #24224 Reply

          terry brunson

          @ Chuck
          The legal mindedness of how the PASC handed down Muniz was masterful – There was a 5 to 1 decision with Justice Mundy not voting: The question on the State Constitution had finality in which that needs no remand review on State rights under the Pa. Const.

          An appeal to the SCOTUS by Cert. is not part of the appeal process. . . It is like an interlocutory appeal. However; the question was on the Federal U.S. Constitution. . . . . That is what is being appealed to have a review on. . . The federal issue should not stop state enforcement of MUNIZ –

          CONCURRING STATEMENT of PASC JUSTICE MUNDY
          “Although I disagree with Muniz’s conclusions, they are now the law of this Commonwealth. As such, they must be applied in a meaningful way. No sensible reading of Muniz would permit the Commonwealth Court’s contrary judgment to stand. I therefore join the Court’s order in this case, because it correctly applies Muniz and reverses the Commonwealth Court’s order in this regard.”

          On 19 July 2017 Muniz on the State issues was final – No matter what the SCOTUS demands on the federal question. Justice Mundy said – “MUNIZ IS THE LAW OF THE LAND IN PA. and must be applied in a meaningful way. . .

          And no commonwealth court should give contrary judgement to it. . The PSP on the state issue is applying SORNA
          in a retroactive way to pre-SORNA people, They are breaking the Law. Oct 19, 2017 is the date to roll out a legislative fix which too will be applied in a retroactive way.. . . going again against the MUNIZ decision of 19 July 2017. . . . And one more note. At SORNA date – all Pa. Megan’s laws were expired – – by SORNA. . . What is there to revert back to? All rules of Megan’s Law I , I I, and I I I and dead. . . . . .

        • #23893 Reply

          terry brunson

          @ chuck
          As you can see in number 3 one would have to show how the PSP has refused to comply with the decision in Commonwealth vs Muniz. How can you show that when the section HAS NOT become law yet. The PSP cannot break the law. Until PA has exhausted ALL of its Appeals,  there is NO requirement to remove anyone from anywhere.

          I would love to hear your thoughts.

      • #23746 Reply

        Chuck

        Terry,
        Wasting your time brother. The Pa Supreme Court issued a stay that doesn’t expire until October 17th.

        Be patient guys. I am in the same boat but I don’t understand why you guys act like you must be off within the next 39 seconds or you will die.
        A lower court cannot order PSP to do something that is NOT the law of the land YET. Not while there is a stay in force at least

        • #23766 Reply

          terry brunson

          Chuck – – – – you R right about the 17 Oct 2017 stay date- See my post of September 30 2017) That is why I waited until now to file mandamus Pro-se- I am in Philadelphia if I mail the writ on the 11th Wed. It will get to the Harrisburg post office in three day – will be there Friday – Court Clerk said by phone that they will not file dated it until 16th and it will take time for the docket to develop. The 90 day stay will have been lifted – for the this so called legislative fix – that will be newer than SORNA’s date of 20 December 2012 –

          Any so called legislative fix will still be ex Post Facto – retroactive . . . . . . . . and cannot apply to offenses pre- whatever date they roll out this new version of Megan’s law V.

          State Constitution right are at times gives greater protection of rights. The lone PASC JUSTICE MUNDY GAVE THIS CONCURRING STATEMENT:

          “Although I disagree with Muniz’s conclusions, they are now the law of this Commonwealth. As such, they must be applied in a meaningful way. No sensible reading of Muniz would permit the Commonwealth Court’s contrary judgment to stand. I therefore join the Court’s order in this case, because it correctly applies Muniz and reverses the Commonwealth Court’s order in this regard.”

          I knew there was a 90 day stay – to give the Pa. legislatures time to put together a some kind of fix. . . . . but the rule for a stay is normally 30 days. . . . . . . . Freed has also Petitioned the SCOTUS for Writ Certiorari that is also a 90 wait to file it within the 90 days. on the 91st day jurisdiction remands back to the PASC. . . . . . Then the PSP will be give direction to remove names from the registry.

          Freed’s appeal for review may be a hold up on finality of Muniz – but there is an open door only on the question of U.S. Constitution federal matters that the SCOTUS may never accept- less than 1% of Petitions of Writs of Certiorari are accepted for review. . . . That is a shoot in the dark to just add time on the wait.

          I know that it will take time, but the way the PASC performed this Muniz decision was masterful. . . . . They established finality on State Constution rights up front where there would no need to be a remand back to them on State Constitution questions of law. They cover all State right questions. The SCOTUS cannot move that – Just on that alone seals Muniz-

          I bank on the SCOTUS to deny Freed’s Petition for Writ Certiorari like it did to Ohio – Alaska – Maryland – Indiana – Michigan – and Next Pennsylvania . . . . . . . . . . . Sorry if I speak so boldly with assurance of that – it is not arrogance it is all through hours in the prison Law Libray and filling writs for fellow prisoners in TEXAS –

          Pa. gives greater rights – I was shocked when Muniz decision was 5 to 1 that was strange to me. Most Judges don’t see the punitive side of SORNA and the Ex Post Facto issues of old Law New Law concept. They like one size fits all. WoW it was an eye opener to behold that. . . . . . . But this is how I know that the SCOTUS will not let SORNA reach it’s chambers. . .

          Just reason to ask yourself – Why did Texas never accepted to comply with SORNA – The people of Texas knew something. They that old law new law concepts right. They know what Ex post Facto rules look like. Other state Law makers are slow to understand the real Constitutional concerns with SORNA – – – But they will catch up soon and a new light on Justice is shining forth today. . . . . You will see in your day a death of SO’s Registration soon all over. . . . . . The SCOTUS is waiting for just the right time to correct this mess. . . . . now only 6 state are awaking – more will follow as each state Supreme court sees writs and arguments on true justice . . . . . . The North Caroline Face Book case was another hope that the SCOTUS is waiting in the wins to accept the right state to speak for the whole nation. . . . . . . Megan’s Law is mostly controlled and regulated by the States – the AWA tried for a Nationa data base but failed SORNA was as close as they could get to a national registry. . . . And still there is no standardize scale yet. . . . . The SO’s registry helps one one stay safe it is a waste of time and effort of busy work to disrupt people’s lives with more and more restrictions based on ghost facts and prejudices.

      • #23717 Reply

        terry brunson

        When I say you have to file in Harrisburg – you can by mail or e filing too.
        Chief Clerk office of
        Michael F. Krimmel
        601 Commonwealth Ave.
        Suite 2100
        P.O. Box 69185
        Harrisburg, Pa. 17106

        It is a Write of Mandamus for injunction relief form Megam’s law retroactive harms
        Commonwealth Court rule 761(a)(1) jurisdiction of RSO”s appeal.
        you file they will help you through the maze

    • #23686 Reply

      Brian

      I am having a problem locating any information anywhere, exactly what web pages or news posts is all this stuff at ? I look on the SCOTUS BLOG and nothing makes any sense I guess I don’t know what direction to go in, I always seam to have that problem.

      • #23712 Reply

        terry brunson

        Brain I put a copy of a Madamus Writ and a certificate of service and a Nunc Pro Tunc motion Nunc Pro Tunc means give me now for then my rights. When the PASC rule on Muniz it was then the law of the Land – But law people namely PSP and AG’s want to delay the victory with added filings that takes time and delays justice – – –

        Muniz is going to be hard to overcome for PA. the PASC deal all a check up from the neck up on State Constitution rights that we that are pre SORNA must name and claim. . . .

        You can wait the victory will comw- But a Writ of Mandamus pro -se meaning filing your self .

        The Writ must be in the Closest Commonwealth appeal court to you. . . . . . . .

        The one I am filing with is in Harrisburg – I posted a dYI mandamus on this page and the monitors did not let it through to all…. That was the pro Bono free writ of Mandamus. . . . . . . . My email is terrybrunson61@yahoo.com for anyone that desires the writ of Mandamus. . . . to file.

        It is $65.50 for court cost or a Informa Paupus affidavit of indentgecy meaning you have no money to pay the court. . Mandamus is the way around the wait. It is going to take 10 to 18 months to move the PSP to start removing names.

        A writ of Mandamus will take as fast as you get get it before a commonwealth judge – Muniz came through that court. they know the real deal on all the time delay tactics going on to find a legal begal to give a legislative fix- that will not help them – that too would be Ex Post Facto if they pass a new Megan’s Law in 2017 and your offense date was before that – There is no way to apply that New Megan’s law to you. . . . . That is what MUNIZ is all about. . . . .
        I can email the writ to anyone that desires it with all the info where to file and how many copies to send to the court.

        Commonwealth court rule 761(a)(1) gives the commonwealth court jurisdiction over registration matters because there is not procedure in the PSP to follow to appeal to. The Commonwealth court Civil Division is the answer if you want relief of Megan’s Law time waiting game. . . it will save you the run around. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . terry brunson

        • #23753 Reply

          Chuck

          Terry,
          Please help understand where the fire is? I am a RSO who was put on before 12/20/2012 so the Commonwealth vs Muniz and the Commonwealth vs Neiman decision apply to me personally, yet I fail to see where the fire is. Why can’t we wait 6-12 months? Most of us, not all, only report every 12 months anyway.
          You have to understand these cases are not just about us (those who were put on BEFORE 12/20/2017) These cases set the stage for the ultimate fight: The very existence of the registry.

          I truly believe within the next 3-5 years there will not be a Megans Law registry, or if there is it won’t be public.
          That is the key sticking point in my mind. If the registry was for Law enforcement only, I couldn’t see how we could challenge the registry. This is why in NY the registry is NOT public. Only Law enforcement can access it. You have every right to go down to the police station and asks, but who is going to do that? No one unless you pissed someone off…..

        • #23778 Reply

          terry brunson

          @chuck –
          There is no fire – I am only showing options that read in the tone of thoses asking questions like how long do I have to wait for justice to come to my door – I hear a need and I just offer a fill – but I do add that waiting this out is the least expensive way- the door on Pa. public SO’s registry is about to cave in and fall off the hinge.

          Some may not know that they can get ahead of the rush – a docket wait of 6 to 12 months – on the high courts to get the reviews in front of them – – – –

          Then – the PSP wants 8- to 18 months to review their records to identify all pre- SORNA people. . . . . . And there is the slowing the feet on that. . . . . . on 12 September 2017 PSP layed out their time frame to remove pre-SORNA people. PSP spoke in man hours time and so forth. . . . . . JW Whenthworth has a phrase- “IT’S MY MONEY AND I WANT IT NOW!”

          There is a Writ called a NUNC PRO TUNC that one can file pro se them selves in a Commonwealth Court – it would be a Writ of Mandamus for injunction relief it is free to call the Pa. Commonwealth court clerk MICHAEL F. KRIMMEL, CHIEF CLERK @ 717-255-1650 and ask the hard question of filing in that court Pro-se. . .

          They cannot practice law and tell you all the steps but they will help a person get to the right Judge on this issue.

          There is now a greater unfolding of rights that OS’s are coming to understand. . . . . . I do 100% agree with you chuck that the wheels of Justice to roll slow and time wait is part of the process – BUT SOME ARE ASKING THE HOW LONG- i THINK IT JUST MAY BE A RHETORICAL QUESTION. . . of being human on wanting to know when – How long – they are going to get to the victory – but there is also a option to jump to the know and clear up the question to how long. . . Knowledge dispels fear – Knowing builds assurance and gives hope in knowing they can get to the victory line faster – in spite of delay.

        • #23733 Reply

          Robin
          Keymaster

          Terry, you’ve probably noticed that a couple of your posts were either rejected or deleted. If they are excessively long, they will be rejected. But, more importantly, you are getting awfully darn close to the practice of law here. And NARSOL is a bit uncomfortable providing a forum for you to get yourself into a jam. So, please make sure that you are careful not to “counsel” people what to do (in such precise, legal terms) in a public forum. That could come back at you if someone up there in your neck of the woods wants to be an ass. My advice would be to summarize your ideas in broad strokes and ask for people to contact you in private if they would like more detailed information. Just friendly advice.

  • #23500 Reply

    terry brunson

    State Must Reenact Megan’s Law to Preserve Sex Offender Registration – Sep 12, 2017

    Without legislative fix approximately 10,000 sex offenders could avoid prosecution for failing to register and may be removed from PSP’s SO’s registry list.

    Members of PA. House Judiciary Committee on September 12, 2017 heard from Cumberland County District Attorney Freed , who said without a sufficient statute in place to put any registration requirements on sexual offenders, district attorneys would not be able to prosecute individuals who fail to register or verify their registry.

    He added unless the Commonwealth reenacts a version of Megan’s Law in response to a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, (Commonwealth v Muniz 19 July 2017 which when enforced by the PASC – approximately 10,000 sex offenders in PA. would escape prosecution for failing to register or verify their obligations related to Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law registry and could be removed from the list.

    Freed told the PA. House Judiciary Committee that it is a very real possibility that those who had to register as sex offenders before December 20, 2012 may not be able to be prosecuted for failing to meet their registration or verification obligations and may actually be removed from the Megan’s Law website.”

    Freed’s office litigated Commonwealth vs. Muniz, in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that provisions of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) that applied retroactively were unconstitutional.

    Freed has said he will file a petition for Writ Certiorari with the U. S. Supreme Court.
    Just last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court stayed the Muniz decision pending his filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The real heart of the issue is when SORNA went into effect it replaced Pennsylvania’s previously enacted Megan’s Law provisions that do not now exist as of this day.

    By adopting SORNA, on 20 December 2012 the state of Pennsylvania expired all previous Megan Law rules which opens the door for 10,000 SO’s to be removed all together off the of the PSP web – site and registry record.

    Freed is recommending the reenactment of a version of Megan’s Law that was in place before the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) replaced it 2012. This new version of Megan’s Law would apply to those offenders to whom SORNA applied retroactively, meaning that their registration crimes were committed before December 20, 2012.

    Under this proposal some offenders would ultimately come off the registry, but the numbers would pale in comparison to the possible 10,000 who could ultimately be removed from the registry should no legislative action be taken immediately.

    Now – this is the recommendation to make a New Megan’s Law to cover some pre-SORNA SO’s – only problem is THAT TOO WOULD BE APPLIED RETROACTIVELY – And we are right back at what the MUNIZ decision is all about…….
    To make a new Megan’s Law just for Pre-SORNA people would make a bigger mess. . . . . .
    Every Pre- SORNA SO will say wait a minute ya. . . . . . Didn’t we just get from under SORNA of 20 December 2012? Now we will fight to get from under any new Magan’s Law fix of 2017 that would not apply to us neither. . .

    It too would violate due process procedural and substance – Ex Post Facto – Equal protections rights of all getting relief from MUNIZ decision- and the web site would violate reputation laws of PA Constitution Article 1 Section 1 and 11 and section 17 and section 9 . . . MAKING A NEW MEGAN’s LAW TO FIT SOME PRE-SORNA PEOPLE UNDER – JUST WOULD NOT WORK AT ALL – It too would be unfair some pre SORNA get relief others get a New Megan’s Law to be under. . . . . . How does that sound? Dumb of what? ……….. Terry Brunson

    • #23574 Reply

      Brian

      @ Terry
      Yea sounds like the same thing as SORNA to me. I am not thinking SCOTUS OR PA SUPREME COURT WOULD allow that to happen swing as to that they shot down the Freeds appeal. At least I hope not.

      • #23773 Reply

        Chuck

        Terry,
        If the registry only had public information such as your name, picture, and what you were convicted of, I think they would be apply to apply that retroactively because all the information is already public…. There would defiantly be a fight, I just don’t know if we would win in.

      • #23623 Reply

        terry brunson

        Brian I want to make a public apology to you – you may not have felt disrespected- by my excited tone to get you to understand this MUNIZ – decision and how it helps you. But I felt I was out of line talking down to you. . . . It was not my intention to insult your intelligence – You are my brother in this fight and I just wanted to get every bit of information to you – Please Please accept my over step in calling your name out in this public forum. I am on your side. . . . . I have been brought to understand that we all are in a learning process here. . . I am so proud of you and others that are taking a personal look at reality on how to lift these chains of oppression PS and unfair SORNA rules has put om you.

        You may not have felt that I was talking down to you – but as I re-read my post to you in particular . . . . . I felt I was wrong in the way I typed my words to you.

        YOU DO understand the issues clear – I was only trying to over simplify the issues to connect the dots to push emphasis to understanding. That may have seem arrogant to talk with confidence and boldness as I did to you.

        I don’t know you – personally; but you are a real person in this fight and my team mate – that I have much respect for in the utmost to the highest –

        Brain much love to you and yours on this path to VICTORY. terry brunson

        • #23643 Reply

          Brian

          @Terry Brunson
          No you are fine Terry I don’t take any offense to anything you had or have to say, everything you said that I didn’t understand was explained in terms that helped me to understand very clearly, I personally needed to hear every bit of what you had to say because there was a lot of information I needed better clarification on and no I’m not offended at all.

        • #23658 Reply

          Anonymous

          …after reading all posts (as I try to always do before posting)…
          @Just the Logic
          Thank you for standing up to what you felt was/could have been insulting to someone else. I am glad that was not the case for we are in this together (can not say that enough!) and constantly learning.

          @terry brunson @Brian
          …just wanted to congratulate you both! It takes a mature person to offer an apology when they find themselves wrong and an equally mature person to accept it.

          I am glad we have respect for each other (all things considered). Whether we like it or not, if we are here (by choice or otherwise), we are family!

          🙂

  • #22781 Reply

    Brian

    I have a question. DA FREED wants to inact a portion of the old Megan’s law to registrants whom had the 10year rule or registered citizens whom were supposed to come off before SORNA was inacted, he’s saying 10,000 registrants could come off the list, what happened to 4500 registrants, I swear they spew lies like an infected cut. I’m glad there is new are new and more accurate statistics on recidivism, they can try pulling the rabbit out of the hat but the courts clearly see it is only lies.k

  • #22695 Reply

    terry brunson

    There’s no guarantee that the U.S. Supreme Court will give a hearing to Freed on review of MUNIZ case. The appeal potential out come is know by well studied Constitutional lawyers. . . . . . . . .

    The MUNIZ case was a slam dunk 6-1 decision against SORNA Ex Post Facto violation. Freed wants review on what should the State law enforcers do to protect the public – this is his review question which has nothing to do with the law argument.

    Freed is looking for guidance from the Supreme Court to help form a new avenue to violate SO’s rights further.

    He don’t want to give up the fight – clearly MUNIZ decision will prevail in PA. the PSP and AG should get set to adjust to remove names form their registry and become more enforcing of SORNA that they have left. SORNA is not leaving the State of PA – those convicted of a sex crime after 20 December 2012 are still under SORNA rules.

    MUNIZ does not have total claims to over tun SORNA just that it cannot by applied retroactive to those before 20 December 2012. They have to be removed from the registry as MUNIZ decision claims rights to. THANK YOU ALL FOR READING THIS – – – – – – –

    The MUNIZ case was decided under both the federal and state Constitution for the express purpose of resolving the issue and precluding a SCOTUS appeal – The retroactivity of SORNA was rightly declared a violation of ex post facto and that decision is not subject to federal review under Pa. Article 1 Section 17 is the precedent Law.

    • #23633 Reply

      terry brunson

      The MUNIZ decision count was 5 – for it and 1 against it I thought it was 6- to – 1 decision one judge did not vote but said this :

      CONCURRING STATEMENT PASC JUSTICE MUNDY
      “Although I disagree with Muniz’s conclusions, they are now the law of this Commonwealth. As such, they must be applied in a meaningful way. No sensible reading of Muniz would permit the Commonwealth Court’s contrary judgment to stand. I therefore join the Court’s order in this case, because it correctly applies Muniz and reverses the Commonwealth Court’s order in this regard.”

    • #23091 Reply

      r

      the us supreme court turned down mich, so my hopefully good guess is they will do the same with pa,

      • #23275 Reply

        terry brunson

        r Pennsylvania Petition of Writ of Certiorari from AG Freed of Cumberland County will be turned down just like Michigan- Indiana – Ohio – Alaska – Maryland – was. Do you know that less than 1% make it to the SCOTUS for review decision?

        Kentucky mad it on their FACEBOOK case – but that was a normal appeal and not a Certiorari REVIEW.

        The PASC did give Freed a stay – but it was only to give Harrisburg time to make some kind of fix to Megan’s Law. . .

        But the only problem is Megan’s Law was to expire 20 December 2012 when SORNA took effect. If Harrisburg makes a new Megan’s Law – it too cannot be applied retroactively under the Pennsylvania Constitution Article 1 Section 17 which is what MUNIZ decision was all about (Ex Post Facto)

        There will be no Megan’s Law to revert back to. . . . . . . for those offenses committed before the date that they make a new Megan’s Law. . . . . . . . . . . . PA. is in a fix on this one. . . . . . . . . . .

    • #22869 Reply

      Brian

      Do you have any idea when PA will be up to bat?

      • #23279 Reply

        terry brunson

        I think Freed did file His Petition of Writ of Certiorari – The SCOTUS is on vacation now – It may take about 6 to 10 months for Freed’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari to be denied. There will then be a remand to the PASC and a motion to reconsider MUZIZ on the Federal issues that the SCOTUS would have heard. . . . . . Then the MUNIZ decision will be in full effect in PA for all pre- SORNA

        • #23368 Reply

          Brian

          Is there any way to see Freeds appeal on the SCOTUS blog?

        • #23452 Reply

          terry brunson

          Brian – Hello
          The SCOTUS was on a vacation – they are back in section since 25 Sept 2017

          They have not seen Freed writ yet to them – the first step is to get a stay of the MUNIZ decision to give Pa. chance or time to debate legislative fix to revert people back to old Megan’s law rules – – – – – – WHICH WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE—— because Megan’s Law 3 expired at SORNA’s effective date of 20 December 2012

          There is now no way any prosecutor in Pa. can take violators of Old Megan’s Laws before a Judge- What Law will prosecutors in Pa. claim SO’s violated? (SORNA) ? Muniz wiped that out. . . . . Megan’s Law 3 SORNA wiped that out (expired it) Megan’s Law 2? Megan’s Law 3 wiped that out. I know PA will make a new Megan’s Law reflecting Laws similar to Old Megan’s Law’s?

          OH = wouldn’t that be Ex Post Facto? LIKE muniz? TO COME UP WITH THE NEW mEGAN’S lAW IN 2017 TO APPLY TO THOSE PRE SORNA? They Muniz decison will still know that down too.

          Brian can you see the fix PA is in?

          THE ONLY RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO LET ALL PRE-SORNA PEOPLE OFF THE LIST all 10,000 of them

          And let post SORNA stay alive for people with a offense date after 20 Dec 2012

          That would clear 80% of Pa. SO’s registry – Freed don’t like that . . . neither do PSP or all AG’s of PA. . . .

          Brian am I making myself clear? Are you understanding why Freed is fighting so hard?

          Asking to go to the SCOTUS is only a time delay- – – – – – – – – 0f 10 months to a year from not only to be denied. . . .
          Brain there were states in front of PA on this issue – Ohio – denied Indiana – denied Maryland – denied Alaska – denied Michigan (just denied 2 Oct 2017) next up Pennsylvania – and they too will be denied about May 2018..

          You will thank me when you see that I am telling you the future on Pre-SORNA issues all because of MUNIZ

          Let me tell you why the SCOTUS wil deny PA. . . . . . if they tale PA MUNIZ- their decision will effect the other 49 states when only 7 state are in issue with SORNA.. . . . .. Why upset a good illegal things in other states because of the few complaining . . . . . . When others start to complain about SORNA in their state – and the number gets to 2/3’s then it is time for the SCOTUS to say something to effect the whole nation on SORNA

          You got this yet?
          In May 2018 you will get a letter from PSP telling you that you are no longer under any sex offender law’s in PA..

          If you move out of PA. you will be back under SORNA and will have 48 Hours under SORNA to register in the new place to fight like MUNIZ – But MUNIZ is only good for us in Pa. If you move MUNIZ will not help you at all. Out side od PA. You got this? YET?

        • #23473 Reply

          Just the Logic

          I think you are capable of making your point without insulting the other person’s intelligence. Most of us here are just learning. We are all on the same team, so let’s practice basic respect and decency towards our fellow commenters, instead of creating a hostile environment.

        • #23488 Reply

          terry brunson

          Yes you are right I get overly excited and forget I am typing and people can’t see me. . . . . . I would ask all to forgive my flair of talking down – – – that is not my aim. . . . . . I just want all to get that pre-SORNA people are in a good position to be erased off the Pa. registry – by MUNIZ decision in spite of what the SCOTUS decides – unless the SCOTUS takes on the MUNIZ case to over turn it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and don’t see what the United States Constitution Article 1 Section 10 means for states not being allowed to Ex Post Facto laws……….

          As for Pre Megan’s Laws enacted pre SORNA – Once a Megan’s Law was Expired. . . . To future date it as a fix would only be able to be applied to people from the enacted date forward – and not us backwards – that would put us right back at MUNIZ’s argument NO new MEGAN’S LAW fix can fix this – They would be right back at Ex Post Facto challenge to that new fix to fix their fix that they are in – I just want all to understand this with a passion.

          The only thing – in all this is the delay of just using the stay rights – and the wait for the writs to move through the High court docket chains – and the remand process.

          All that slows just down. . . for SO’s rights to be in limbo until all the smoke clear – I write as I do to try to give hope to people that have been waiting too long. . . . . . . . .

          Say if PSP made a law for SO’s to follow. . . . the Law will go into effect in 48 hours- and all SO’s will have to comply or go to jail …….. but when the Law is a win for us. . . . we have to wait weeks – months and maybe years. . . .

          Please don’t miss read me talking down to people – I feel that I am education and enlightening people. . . But I also must say to all please don’t take me wrong – I AM ON YOUR SIDE – i DESPERATELY want all to understand me- so I over do it. . . . . . I beg your forgiveness and ask that you over look my zeal to tell what I know so far. I love all of you and I pray that I could correct anything that I have said in a wrong way. . . . Thank you for pointing out that we all are on the same team. . . . . . . . I desire to do my part on the team to make the way clear for all of us to get through this together . . . .and celebrate each victory with pride to move on with out lives to success and happiness. . . . We all have carried this burden too long. . .

          In waiting Terry Brunson

        • #23286 Reply

          Fred
          Keymaster

          SCOTUS has been back from break since Sept. 25th.

    • #22733 Reply

      Brian

      @Terry
      I was looking on SCOTUS BLOG and I didn’t see anything about freed, your 100% correct about Freed though and wanting to fight after all the articles I have read from him.
      I can’t wait till this comes to an end and we’re released from these chains.
      Thank you for the information to.

    • #22704 Reply

      Anonymous

      @terry brunson
      Thank you for keeping us all updated! 🙂

  • #22423 Reply

    Anonymous

    According to a NARSOL article here:

    AWA Loses in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court

    …and posts in the comments from:
    @Txso4life
    “Thank you for the article link!” -my response-

    @Mark
    “The 9/28/2017 date may be when we should know if SCOTUS will hear the case. May it be so, if it is for the best outcome!” -my response-

    Now, I will get ahead of myself a bit… When the decision is made to remove human folks from this unconstitutional-oppressive… (OK, let me stay professional. If we are here, we know!) SORNA, then what happens with our lives? (and I am not referring to monetary compensation though, if any one wants to share further as some have, it would surely be appreciated!) Are we really going to be free or just freer *look it up* for others in the future (which I am OK with)? Just more free than current?

    I am referring to further obligations imposed by States, U.S. Federal Government and/or other Countries when it comes to where we live, where we work, where we travel and/or where we raise a family. Will we have to live forever in the same State given relief (i.e. PA, etc.)[I am an American citizen PA resident since early 90’s, convicted in a Military Court (just because of that my situation turned more complex than most others…I get it) in Camp Lejeune, N.C. (11 month sentence-misdemeanor- out in 9 good behavior) back to PA with no restrictions other than being placed on PA registry (for 10 years now tier 1) which I do not recall ever being discussed by my free legal Military Counsel until days before release when they were demanding to have my blood drawn as part of my release (or I would not have taken the plea deal offered even as I was threatened with further *made up* charges), never any other convictions. Born in Puerto Rico where a registry is mandated in exchange to receive Federal funds for Law Enforcement] Will I have to register if I go there? I have been considering moving to some Central American Countries (since I do speak Spanish) when $ permit and my children are on a solid path to success where they will need me very little to nothing at all (though to me our children will always needs us and we will need them, if there is genuine love), but I want to start another life without being a social stigma to myself or loved ones or have fingers pointed at me by people that have done…that are no Saints, but have never gotten caught by “the law” on things.

    I have been reading that many European Countries will not welcome people in our situation or past plus, I am not financially well (anyone is pretty much welcome anywhere if you have money *ahem…Dennis Rodman & North Korea…ahem* nor am I Caucasian, no offense intended to anyone, but just a sincere observation) so, much of Europe and Australia is pretty much out of my future plans. Maybe Japan (but not with the tension that is going on right now in that region of the World).

    Essentially, can we live in other States of the U.S. with more peace and income opportunities? Can we move to another Country where we may find peace & civility even if it means renouncing citizenship? Will we legally be able to change our names if we want to do so? (I have read in articles on the subject over the years that we are a major exception to a resounding, NO) Will we be completely removed from the Federal Government Database NSOPW which right now states: *quote* “Due to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s offender information is unavailable through NSOPW. At this time, we are unable to provide an estimate for when their information will be available again.” *end quote* and thru the SMART website *quote* “Welcome to the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) site. The SMART Office was authorized in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was signed into law on July 27, 2006.” *end quote* Are our drivers’ licenses and/or travel Visas going to be tagged or marked with some sort of designation to further punish/shame us? Will paying lawyers/legal counsels be the only way to truly have the legal back-up and motions placed/taken to be removed from everything to include records sealing/clearing/pardoning/expungement?

    I am asking these questions for me and those that choose not to ask them, but want to also know!
    I’ve been afraid for many long years, and still am. But may my questions help us all trying to do right!
    *respectful rant finished, thank you for reading and/or answering!* 🙂

    • #23339 Reply

      terry brunson

      Michigan took the path to appeal their Ex Post Facto application of SORMA by petition of Writ of Certiorari in (Snyder v Doe) 6th Cir. On October 2, 2017 their review on Snyder v Doe was denied and returned to lower court for final declaration through out the state . . . . as the Land of that land. . . . . . . . . . WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MICHIGAN WILL BE THE PLIGHT OF FREED’S PENNSYLVANIA PETITION OF WRIT FOR CETIORARI TOO WILL BE DENIED. . . . . i WILL PUT A DATE ON IT –

      Early 2018 about May 2018 – The Freed Cetiorari will be denied for SCOTUS review and the PSP and AG’s of Pennsylvania will have BUT only one hope – To look to the Pennsylvania State House and Senate and the Governor’s office in Harrisburg for guidance on the issue to find a fix to the Megan’s Law issue. . . . . . . . . . for those pre-SORNA of 20 December 2012.

      A fix will cause another fight on on the same Ex Post Facto claims – for SORNA of 20 December 2012 expired the Magan’s Law III law – to re do it and try to apply it as a fix will cause another fight on Ex post Facto rule from the Pennsylvania Constitution Article 1 Section 17 and that is what MUNIZ decision is all about. . . . . . .

      You just cannot make a new Megan’s Law and try to through it on people who are pre- SORNA. That would be Ex Post Facto too. . . And like the baby song says – HERE WE GO ROUND AND AROUND – THE MULBERRY TREE back to the courts for correction and the MUNIZ decision will hit the PSP and the AG’s of this State in the Face again. . . . . .

      The Best fix is to remove the names of all pre-SORNA people — Let them go free to live their lives.. Stop this pre-judgmental talk about most sex offenders are dangerious. . . . . . . and needed to be watched. . . STOP IT STOP IT.

      The truth is that most under the pre-SORNA where put in an unfair position to comply of face punishment fot non-compliance. . . . . . . MUNIZ decision corrects that. . . . That is the fix MUNIZ application which is the Pennsylvania Constitution Article 1 Section 1 and 17

      SORNA is not dead in PA just application of it on people PRE-DATED 20 December 2012- – – – – Let these people in this group go on with their lives. . . . . . . . . . .

      If any of them re-offend – – – SORNA will be their lot- – and MUNIZ will not help them . . . . . . . . . .

      The PSP and AG cannot accept that as right. . . . They want to keep everyone on the registry under SORNA from not to now on. . . . . . . under tier 3 lifetime. . . . . . . . So sad that people in the PSP and AG take their protection of the public beyond the LAWs that are being presented to them to let the Law stand as the Law. . MUNIZ is the Law now. let it do what it was pointed to do… Correct punitive wrong and give SO’s a chance to show that they are not the monsters PSP and AG’s have to protect the public from – – – – – – This may be my last post Hope it reached all that it was intended for – – – – – – – – – I am sure SO registration is taking a turn towards the best – Pre-SORNA people of Michigan – Ohio – Alaska – Indiana – Kentucky – Maryland – &- Pennsylvania will step up to show that the Majority will stand true to the call to show that they are no danger to the public.

      One person started this in New Jersey – One Sex offender’s action has infected and affected the lives of so many. . . . Not it is time for the so many to infect and effect change to show that it is wrong to punish the so many for the action and failure of one that started the Megan’s Law wheels to turn. . . . . . The vehicle of Megan’s Law had flat tires now- – – – putting air in them is not going to work.. Too many holes in the tire that won’t hole air. . . . .

    • #22487 Reply

      Anonymous

      After further research, checking, reading and…re-checking, I came across these SORNA related articles that I hope helps all interested. Some articles will answer questions and some will raise more. There will be links so, it will be up to the moderators to permit their posting. Thanks to the mods in advance!

      https://www.smart.gov/international_tracking.htm
      International Tracking of Sex Offenders

      The SMART Office provides guidance on the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and has been continually involved in the efforts to improve tracking of registered sex offenders traveling internationally since its inception. Through collaborative actions with other federal agencies, the development of policy and guidelines and the publication of relevant resources, the SMART Office plays a vital role in the U.S. government’s overarching efforts to notify foreign countries when registered sex offenders are traveling abroad.
      International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group

      SORNA and the SORNA Final Guidelines tasked the U.S. Department of Justice with creating a tracking system for sex offenders who enter and depart the United States. To that end, the SMART Office organized the International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group in 2008. This working group, comprising more than 20 component agencies and offices within the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Defense, proposed a system using existing resources, outlined in the International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group White Paper. The working group, chaired by SMART, has met regularly over the past 10 years, most recently in May 2017.
      SORNA & Advance Notice of International Travel

      In 2011, the Department of Justice released the SORNA Supplemental Guidelines that require registered sex offenders to inform their residence jurisdiction of any intended travel outside of the United States at least 21 days prior to their departure, and the registration jurisdiction to collect information about the offender’s intended international travel. The jurisdiction is required to send that information to the U.S. Marshals Service’s National Sex Offender Targeting Center, who, in turn, reviews and forwards it to INTERPOL-Washington for foreign country notification.
      International Megan’s Law

      In 2016, Congress passed International Megan’s Law, which codified the 21-day advance travel notification requirement, and built on the work of the U.S. Marshals Service’s National Sex Offender Targeting Center. It also specifically authorized the work of the Department of Homeland Security’s Angel Watch Center, which uses passenger manifest data and criminal history record information to detect persons convicted of sex offenses against minors who are traveling to countries where the sexual exploitation of children is most likely to occur.

      The SMART Office published a two-page summary of International Megan’s Law shortly after its passage.
      Additional Resources

      In 2013, the Government Accountability Office issued a comprehensive report detailing the efforts to track registered sex offenders traveling internationally, including the work of the SMART Office and the International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group.

      The SMART Office published a Global Overview of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Systems, most recently updated in 2016.

      You will need to have a PDF file reader installed on your computing device for this one below:
      https://www.smart.gov/pdfs/SORNA-progress-check.pdf
      Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) State and Territory Implementation
      Progress Check

      These following are NARSOL articles and please read the comments as possible:

      Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case

      Does anyone really understand recidivism?

      Sex offenders blame secluded island’s water for deaths

      International Meagan’s Law damages a person’s reputation

  • #22183 Reply

    Anonymous

    @terry brunson
    This is from the comment section on the NARSOL article: AWA Loses in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court
    July 21, 2017 by Sandy
    Cary shared some info with a link that moderators permitted the posting to the safe official site (when I used the link at least) of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA). While I encourage & ask that everyone reads the comments and article, here below is my reply to Cary:

    @Cary
    Thank you for that information!
    So we now officially know that Dave Freed, the Cumberland County District Attorney and Communications Chair for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association that he is *quote* “pleased to report that just last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court stayed the Muniz decision pending my filing of a Writ of Certiorari petition with the United States Supreme Court.” *end quote*

    After reading the official article on the link your provided, it is very clear to me that this law enforcement public servant is on a personal vendetta against folks on a registry and will not rest until he can make himself more powerful and a household name by quoting manipulated (picked & chosen) & unrealistic statistics of recidivism and sharing his personal views and not the professional views of the State Constitution & laws he swore (supposedly) to uphold (& protect). I have copy & paste some excerpts from Dave Freed’s report Before the House Judiciary Committee on 9/12/2017

    “One such study followed 9,691 male sex offenders released from prisons in 15 states in 1994 and found that nearly 4 out of every 10 returned to prison within 3 years.(1) Another study that spanned a twenty-five year period after release found that rapists and child molesters remained at risk to reoffend at least 15-20 years after discharge, and that the sexual recidivism arrest rate for rapists was 39% and the sexual recidivism arrest rate for child molesters was an even higher 52%.(2)”

    “Equally significant is that any statistical attempts to measure the risk of new offenses greatly understate the true nature of the problem because the vast majority of sex crimes are never reported.”

    “With regard to the Muniz case, I disagree with the ruling. In my view, SORNA’s requirements are neither punitive nor onerous. While SORNA places significant burdens on those required to register, the scope of these requirements do not, in my view, rise to the level of punishment. It is for that reason that I have filed a petition for Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.”

    “The Muniz case has the potential to affect every single sex offender convicted before December 20, 2012. It will then be up to the Pennsylvania State Police to determine whether they should remain on the registry and to litigate any attempts to remove those sex offenders from the registry.”

    “With all that said, there is room for a legislative fix. The PDAA has already been working with Committee staff, and we recommend reenacting a version of Megan’s Law that was in place before SORNA took effect in 2012. This version should apply to those offenders to whom SORNA applied retroactively, meaning that their registration crimes were committed before December 20, 2012. Under this proposal, some offenders would ultimately come off the registry. But the numbers would pale in comparison to the possible 10,000 who could ultimately be removed from the registry should no legislative action be taken.”

    Now we wait, again, on the SCOTUS and what other “adjustments” to SORNA legislators come up with in PA. *exhales heavily*

    • #23280 Reply

      terry brunson

      Any Legislative Fix will – cause a new Megan’s Law to be passed. Megan’s Law III expired when SORNA took effect. To create a new law would start a new fight on retroactive application of LAW under the PA. Contitution Article 1 Section 17. . . . That is what MUNIZ was all about . . . Here we go around and around

  • #22125 Reply

    Anonymous

    @ terry brunson
    “But you have big brothers – and your big brothers will deal with the bullies in due time. . . . . Wait until 19 October 2017 and you will see the light that Muniz and Jackson v. commomwealth of July 7, 2016 all the big brother protections will come to your aid. . . . Please trust that the little guy is not left out. You may feel that way because you cannot see all that is going on – but know this: people are thinking about your rights.

    I am one of them. . . . and I am one of many that you cannot count. . Hold on don’t give up – – – – – help is on the way . . . . .”

    Dear Sir, Ma’am or other (I do not need to know gender) I am in tears, lots of them, but not so much for the time frame of hope you pointed out as for the Human element of your words used in your post on September 22, 2017 at 8:22 am. Humanity and being humane are words that have lost meaning to many, but clearly not to all. I have shed many tears over the long years (almost 15 years) on this registry that can be & has been called many things notwithstanding, my lifetime of tears prior. I will undoubtedly and privately shed more tears (anger, joy, etc. I am not even sure) the day this nightmare comes to an end, more so than when I received my Eagle, Globe and Anchor (U.S. Marines) or even when I saw my child for the first time. I continue to desire to do something positive for others and me out of this experience for sure, as I have tried for almost 15 years, but failed. I can still reach for the Stars right!?

    Wholeheartedly,
    I… Thank… you! …and the many like you!

  • #21839 Reply

    Anonymous

    @Dave C
    Sorry buddy, but as I posted in another article, there is no much better place for updated information in one place that I have found other than NARSOL. You will find info at a local level, but you will need to visit or search every locality in every Town/City in a State to get updates on what is going on in those places. This issue is a sickness (the mental kind) of misinformation that is deeply rooted into every cranny of just about every community in the U.S. (even the Amish after what happened in Lancaster, PA years ago, but the difference being they actually/genuinely forgave) and abroad.

    What I would like to know, in all honesty of course, is where are the ethical people, Constitution believing/quoting folks, the individuals of faith, understanding, compassion & forgiveness and last but not least the legal scholars at?

    I am still waiting to be contacted by any groups or attorneys to offer their “help” to seek relieve from this violation of Human Rights (mine and others) and to get the ball rolling to sue the living ghost out of this States & Federal Government. (not going to happen, of course, except by those with the right people & money in the right places, which it is how the justice system often works, sadly and yes, I do not have confidence in how our U.S. justice system operates)

    I have yet to see any post from any entity, (i.e. ACLU, NARSOL, Human Rights Watch, Politicians [yeah…like that would ever happen!] or Lawyers) actually providing direct useful details or recommendations as to whom to seek for legal recourse affordable to all (read my thinking…No money needed to do what is right & lawful!) and without fear of ridicule or retaliation by authorities. As far as I have observed/experienced with attorneys, we are profit and business is good.

    • #21933 Reply

      terry brunson

      @Dave C
      Sir I sense your frustration – You seem to not realize that the justice system’s wheels roll slower than a snail stuck on rat paper. However; inch by inch the PSP and AG of this state will meet Muniz at the bar . . . . .

      Muniz’s decision has the PSP and AG in a desperate fix to try to appeal to the SCOUS by Petition for Writ of Certiorari. This give a 90 day stay to the PSP and AG to do nothing until the SCOUS accepts or denies to hear the issue of the Appeal.

      After 90 days – the SCOUS will issue a desire to hear the appeal issue. If they accept to hear it- then the stay stays in effect until the SCOUS decides the issue.

      The SCOUS has denied to hear State Expost Facto cases becuase the highest Court in the State has spoken on State Constitutional issue of Expost Facto.

      States AG that have been denied on this same issue all have been denied by the SCOUS to hear State issues of State Constitutional appeals by AG’s
      Here are the States that were denied Petition for Writ of Certiorari to SCOUS:
      Alaska
      Ohio
      Maryland
      Michigan
      and soon you can add PENNSYLVANIA AFTER 19 OCTOBER, 2017 that is the Petition for Writ of Certiorari dead line.

      Normal appeal right are 30 day, but the Petition for Writ of Certiorari is 90 days to the SCOUS.

      The AG and PSP will act on Muniz after the 90 days. . . . . . . . .

      The SCOUS will deny the Petition for Writ of Certiorari from Pennsylvania for this signal reason.

      The Federal Law of SORNA VIOLATES A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL rule of Art 1 Section 17 of the PA. State Constitution – which says:
      “No ex post facto law, nor any law impairing the obligation of
      contracts, or making irrevocable any grant of special privileges
      or immunities, shall be passed.”

      The SCOUS will not over step a decision of a state Supreme Court by Petition for Writ of Certiorari who ruled on the basses of it’s own Constitution.

      Be patient.

      There are to writs that can make the PSP and the AG of PA respect your rights:
      1. A Nunc Pro Tunc – Gives you now for then rights of your original plea 10 year registration not (SORNA tier 1 2 3)

      2. A Writ of Mandamus – Make a State official in charge of a State Department act in accordance with the highest Law of Due process which you are entitled to relief on after 10 years of the date of the contracted plea deal.

      3. You can file an appeal by Rule 60b to a Federal court to make suit against PSP and AG to take away Immunity.

      4. You can file a 1983 in Federal court to suit for civil right violation under MUNIZ decision

      Hope you understand all this legal begal stuff I wrote

      • #22083 Reply

        r

        hi do you know if da freed has filed the petition yet, and not that im concerned to much about it. im more concerned about just being removed from m,l but can we seek civil damages? thanks for any input.

        • #22097 Reply

          terry brunson

          AG Freed has not filed the petition as of yet. . . . . . . . .

          He has 90 days to file from the decision date of . . . . . . . 19 July 2017

          That put his filing dead-line date at 19 October 2017 . . . . . . . . . . .

          If and when he files to the SCOTUS the money and time will not be worth it. . . . . . . Man hours and millions of dollar on a loss cause. . . . . . . .

          The track record shows that the SCOTUS has denied Ohio – Alaska – Maryland – Michigan – on this same issue Ex Post Facto claim on their state constitutions. The Federal government do not control SO registrations, state law enforces it. . .

          If a state Supreme Court shoots down the law. The SCOTUS will deny the appeal because the highest court in the state has ruled. . . . . .

          A Petition for Writ of Certiorari is only a review of the state supreme courts’ decision.

          Because the U. S. Supreme Court has no jurisdiction on state constitutional claims. . . . . . Pennsylvania will fail to be heard by the high court. . . . . . .

          The only course of action to take is : Go back to the house and senate to revise the unconstitutional portion and make it right. . . or let the State supreme court rule stand as decided in MUNIZ………… Decision of 19 July 2017

          After 19 October 2017 PSP and AG must start releasing SO that were under contract of pleas for 10 years, and all people whose offense occurred before SORNA date of December 2012 will not be forced to be under tier 1 2 3 rules relating to 15 years, 25 years, or life time registration periods. . . THAT IS A FACT JACK

        • #22150 Reply

          r

          thank you

        • #22100 Reply

          terry brunson

          One note I forgot to tell : Civil damages
          There is built into state enforcement of SORNA immunity.
          To get by immunity you have to show damage by the official capacity of the PSP. . . that will be hard to do. . .

          However; you can file 1983 civil rights violation against a state ministery in their individual capacity for not complying with what you are entitled in regards to your relief rights. A jury can award punitive damages based on facts proven

        • #22101 Reply

          Robin
          Keymaster

          Because the U. S. Supreme Court has no jurisdiction on state constitutional claims

          This is not true. The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives the high Court jurisdiction over a state supreme court’s disposition of state constitutional claims and it will exercise this supremacy in instances where a federal question is clearly perceived.

        • #22109 Reply

          terry brunson

          Thank for adding the Supremacy Clause of Art IV of the U. S. Constitution – which states:

          “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

          This is the question that all law students argue at great lengths.

          The Pennsylvania Constitution and any state constitution has sometime more due process rights than the Federal Constitution on a matter of rights.

          The Ex Post Facto section of a state Constitution is in place for a purpose – though at times it puts laws in a old law and a new law status. . . .

          In point I would say that all state laws and even its Constitution applies laws in courts of lower jurisdiction in a ministerial capacity. If a lower court in supreme authority decides against the Federal Constitution – The Highest court in the land has right to assume jurisdiction under Article IV. So True but it is weighted heavily to the fact that accepting to hear a Ex Post Facto issue will apply over the 50 states on the issue.

          That is why the petition for a writ of certiorari for review is necessary. THE JURISDICTION IS NOT AUTOMATIC ON FACIA PREMIUS .

          The high court has to decide to accept the jurisdiction of a review in 90 day.. . . . . . . . . . . . as its own rules state i.e. in whole below:

          “The U.S. Supreme Court’s 90-day period for filing a petition for certiorari is jurisdictional, mandatory, and very strictly enforced; there are no exceptions. If the petition is not timely filed according to the U.S. Supreme
          Court’s rules (e.g., mailed on Day 91), for any reason whatsoever, it will be rejected:
          “The Clerk will not file any petition for a writ of certiorari that is jurisdictionally out of
          time.” (S.Ct. R. 13(2) [also incorporated here in 28 U.S.C. § 2101(d)].)

          It is therefore exceptionally important for counsel to know exactly when the 90- day jurisdictional period has begun, and when it will end.”

          The High court will weigh also a acceptance or denial for hearing a review of a state high court ruling due to the broad with of their decision over all 50 states.

          If 4 of the filthy states don’t like a Federal law and its individual high courts shoot it down in their territory jurisdiction – they are one of many and not the whole. (Hope you get this)

          So the SCOTUS weights – and it Weights for the states to wrack up one by one on the issue until a 2/3 state re volute
          is seen by the highest court in the land on a single issue. Then the High court of the land feels comfortable to adopt jurisdiction by the next certiorari for review it receives from a state for review.

          As of now here is the state court on Ex Post Facto – Ohio – Indiana – Maryland – Alaska – Michigan – Soon PENNSYLVANIA

          I will say this slow for all to get it – Jurisdiction on a state review is not automatic the supremacy clause is the door way to give the U.S high Court jurisdiction, but the key is will they accept it now. . . . . . . . . . a denial to hear an issue is the high court’s right because to the High Court a decision affecting a few must be weighed over the whole –
          6 minus 50 = 44 SORNA is good in 44 states as relation to Ex Post Facto

          If the High court take that now- the 6 high court over the 6 can affect the other 44 not in the battle – DO YOU SEE HOW IT WORKS?

        • #22115 Reply

          terry brunson

          It is Article (6) not (4) my over sight I will put it in whole: read below –
          Thank for adding the Supremacy Clause of Art VI of the U. S. Constitution – which states:

          “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

          The Unities States Constitution is the Supreme Law in the Law – and all State Constitutions and State Laws Contrary to the U. S. Constitution shall be deemed unconstitutional – and all Judges are bound by the U.S. Constitution.

          Now please note that there is an Ex Posrt Facto rule in the Federal U.S. Constitution –
          Ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden by the United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3 (with respect to federal laws) and Article 1, Section 10 (with respect to state laws).

          The MUNIZ decision used Federal stands on Ex Post Facto Test and they passed. Just as The 9 Justices of the SCOTUS will use on the issue.

          Jurisdiction of lower courts decision are attached to the SCOTUS by request of a review – When accepted jurisdiction attaches before 90 day window closes. A state supreme appeal decision has a 90 day window of U.S. Supreme Court Jurisdiction – – – – on the 91st day that window shuts. . . . . . and the low state supreme court decision stands as Law in that jurisdiction only. . . . . I pray that my intent is gotten across

        • #22275 Reply

          Brian

          Wow that was just mind blowing, I understood it and will read it again.
          Naturally there is doubt in the back of my mind and I have very high hopes you are 100% correct because it sure sound like you know exactly what your talking about I mean it all makes sense in my mind. Being an SO for so long there is naturally and unintentional doubt do to the many years of seeing so many fight, some win some loose. But either way thank you so much, you made my day I have been waiting impatiently for some sort of news in PA and god willing the rest of the world wins this battle also because this is an international fight.
          Thank you Terry Brunson.

        • #22314 Reply

          terry brunson

          Brain – it is show time form justice on the Ex Post Facto issue. If The SCOTUS accepts PA appeal on Muniz decision and rule in favor – it could slip the case and only accept the Federal review on Article 1, Section 10 (with respect to state laws) which reads in whole right from the U.S. Constitution:
          Article 1 – The Legislative Branch
          Section 10 – Powers Prohibited of States

          No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

          No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

          No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

          This section of the Constitution is the one that is going to break the backs of the MUNIZ case at the SCOTUS on contract rights. The SORNA contract is Ex Post Facto in that it retroactively forces new contract terms one sided without due process rights. People that have a Ten Year contract on Magen’s Law are being forced to enter terms out side the original contract. This is the States rights portion that AG Freed will have to show how the High Court in PA has ruled on 6-1 out of 7 Judges on the Court.

          Six-to-One is a grand slam loud hit that took PA by surprise. All Freed has in his gun to take to the SCOTUS to talk about are personal dead false facts about Sex Offender RECIDIVISM to protect the public from those that re – offend. That boat won’t float it sunk at the High Court in PA in Harrisburg 19 July 2017 under MUNIZ decision.

          U. S. Constitution rights are more weighty than interest reports of dead facts that are not true.

          We are a nation of laws, and the highest law in the land is the U.S. Constitutions. The High Court of PA has used SCOTUS standards to get to MUNIZ decision.

          I am not a crystal ball gazer – tea leaf reader- bone picker- or psychic: BUT HEAR IS MY PREDICTION….

          Reading the actions of the PA high court of a 6-1 decision on MUNIZ going into a SCOTUS on a Petition for Writ of Certiorari outcome for AG Freed will be – DENIED . . . . . . . . . MICHIGAN IS IN FRONT OF YOU WAITING TO BE HEARD ON THE SAME EX POST FACTO ISSUE. And my added prediction is Michigan will not be put off by the SCOTUS because there are 44 others in the stands watching and for the SCOTUS to act now at a state count on the Exo Post Facto issue is not worth the attention now for the high Court to take on the issue on the state side of the U.S. Constitution section of Article 1 Section 10 under contract rights of a plea entered and a plea completed (Ten Year on the registry) the State Voted to accept SORNA by a money deal of getting a Federal cash deal to standardize a national Registry. . . .

          Dis you know that some states never entered into SORNA? Texas never complied- Their nob-compliance was due to fear of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Article 1 Section Ten States don’t have a right to change a plea deal under one Law and then accept a Federal Law that violates the rights of a person under EX POST FACTO . Texas was smart not to start.

          Everything is Big in Texas- But not their balls to fight a no win battle on a U.S. Constitutional claim of EX POST FACTO rights! ! Smile and be happy- V day is almost here for all SO’s suffering under the in humane ploys of bureaucrats, and high mined so called experts – An EX is a has been – AND a spect is a drip under pressure. Ex -spects are now going to be has beens soon – Note Indiana Supreme Court is lining up to knock down SORNA they are up next. . . . . . . . . . But those in PA – You Are in A Good Position to See the PSP and the PA AG office plea with the PA house and senate to re-enact a Law fast that will not let the PSP or AG have to be forced to let over 4,500 SO’s off the registry so easy. . . . . . Once 19 October 2017 comes – You will see in PA the rush for the PSP and AG to plead not to be force to let people off the registry. . . The PA house and Senate have more weighty matters to rush than to bother SO’s.

          MUNIZ decision will then give all in PA to file appeals and civil rights suits and the money will start to flow to pay SO’s reparations bu jury’s across the state – that will break the state bank.

          Harrisburg will put pressure on PSP and AG to STOP the madness and let the court’s ruling be the Law of the land. . . . . . . in PA MUNIZ V COMMONWEALTH will prevail 6-1 decision is no slipt it is a home run that will go over the wall at Washington’s High Court walls under states rights of ARTICLE 1 SECTION 10 of the U. S. CONSTITUTION – Glad to report this depiction.

        • #22420 Reply

          Brian

          @Terry Brunson. So after October 19 the PSP and the AG will try and instate an old law or new law to keep SO’s on the registry? That is rediculose and will cost money I suppose before and after we sue them, that’s the same exact thing they imposed in 2012 when they adopted SORNA in PA, isn’t that still a violation of the constitution to impose another law to keep Registered Citizens on the registry, due that they cancelle SORNA and the ten years rule will be upheld?

        • #22462 Reply

          terry brunson

          Brian – You may not be understanding the Ex Post Facto issue clearly
          The Muniz decision will force the PSP and AG to revert people back to the laws on Sex Offenses pre- SORNA date of 2012 when Pa. came into compliance.

          Before Dec. 2012 there were only 10 year or life requirements to register in pa. Governor Corbert (I may not have his name right) signed a law to accept SORNA well at that time it opened up a three tier system of 1 – 15 year restration 2- 25 year registration and 3- Lifetime registration.

          The problem is that there were people at the end of a 10 year plea contract with the sate. When SORNA passed – a 10 year registration went to 15 or 25 or for many LIFETIME.

          That volated the Ex Post Facto rule of law in the State Constitution. Article 1 section 7
          and the U.S. Constitution Article 1 section 10 under state’s not being able to break contracts – which a plea to register for Ten years was a contract.

          SORNA violates that – – – – – The Muniz decision will not get rid of SORNA in PA. It will only effect those who entered into a plea with a court to register ten years.

          For some that ten year time is up but those people are still on the registry, to add badness to worse some who had ten years when to lifetime. CAN YOU SAY, “That is not right.”

          So one person name MUNIZ appealed and fought under the pa. Constitution Art 1 sec. 7 it went to the highest Court in Pa. and 6-1 the jusges on that court said that MUNIZ was right. . . . . . . .

          Now the AG of Cumberland County wants a SCOTUS review on the issues.

          By rule – Freed has 90 days to appeal to the SCOTUS – He has done so – and the SCOTUS can accep to hear the pa. high court decision to see if it stands right. If they accept it – Not only will MUNIZ wim but you will win to. . . . . and so will all other SO in other states across the U.S.A. becuase when the SCOTUS speak – It speaks to seal law for the Nation………..

          That is the issue at stake. . . You got this?

          Brian don’t feel lost of hope it is a good thing that Freed appealed for review.

          It will get the issue before the right people at the right time to review the right issue that every body knows is wrong.

          If the SCOTUS don’t see it. . . . . . . . It will be a lost. on the issue forever . . . . . . . or the battle continues on. . . . . .
          The good news is – the High Court as given signs in other cases to how they feel about the Ex Post Facto issue. And it is good that they will uphold Muniz of Pa, and that will forece the PSP and AG to do the right thing or keep being sued for a lot of lot of money to be given out on this issue by the courts and juries everywhere.

        • #22463 Reply

          terry brunson

          Brian one more thing – SORNA is not the problem = the problem is the application of the SORNA rules on people that already had a contract for ten years.

          SORNA will stay the Law even in PA, but it cannot be applied in a Ex Post Facto way in retroactive ways.

          There would be – old law of those before SORNA
          and
          There will be a new law for those after SORNA

        • #22516 Reply

          Brian

          Ok I see, so yes I was at the end of 10 years to be in November 2013 then SORNA kicked in and I went to 25 years, I thought that was a very nice Xmas present for all of us SO’s in PA that year and I’m sure they thought that once it was signed into law, but anyway I was mistaken, I thought SORNA was going to be cancelled. So if the SCOUS decides to see it Freeds way then I and many others have grounds for a big lawsuit? i have read about class action lawsuits but wouldn’t just retaining my own lawyer get it done a lot faster then class action style? I know class action would help more people though. So was Packingham v. N.C
          Ruling made by SCOUS or the state itself? I know there are lots of issues going on and lots of lawsuits, it’s hard to keep track of it all.

        • #22315 Reply

          terry brunson

          OH I forgot to tell all ya – – -in a TeXas draw – – – – – – – – North Carolina passed a SO law to keep OS of Face Book – Suit went the normal appeal route to the U.S. Supreme Court – they had to heard that case because it was a normal appeal. and not a petition for certiorari where the Court could deny a hearing –

          It was a sad disappointment for North Carolina

          Packingham v. N.C. It was a win 9-0

          9 justices struck the Law Down and there are only 9 Judges on the high Court

          PA – I am sorry to say AG Freed is not representing the PA people – He got some kind of personal thing to prove that he is bigger than the High Courts that protect rights – You All will see 19 October 2017 the clock is counting down

        • #22526 Reply

          Anonymous

          @terry brunson
          …with all due respect, what exactly do you mean by *quote*
          “U.S. Constitution Article 1 section 10 under state’s not being able to break contracts – which a plea to register for Ten years was a contract.

          SORNA violates that – – – – – The Muniz decision will not get rid of SORNA in PA. It will only effect those who entered into a plea with a court to register ten years.” *end quote*

          Is the Governor, AG and/or PA State Police going to comeback with games like suddenly stating that my conviction does not apply to the relief of the PA State SORNA retroactive requirements because, having been in a Military Installation and/or out of State (i.e. Camp Lejeune, N.C.)? Am I going to be forced/obligated metaphorically to pay an attorney to bully me to pay lots of $$$ to satisfy their need for a bigger lifestyle? Seriously, when can I go on with my life and be left alone!!!

          I did not entered into any contract with anybody that I am aware of. I was made to register! I was released from duty after serving my sentence on the Military Brigg in Camp Lejeune, N.C. and told to report to Law Enforcement (the Sheriff’s office) whom then told me to go to the State Police. Then the individual that “assisted me”, a young trooper, actually told me he was not sure if my conviction/charges on the U.S. Military Installation warranted/required my registration, made me wait 1 hour & 23 minutes (felt an eternity) to then tell me that he was going to go ahead and “process me” after talking to people (whatever that meant).

          Then I was not told much else nor given any papers. Later I received in the mail my requirements stating 10 years (which about 3 years later I was arrested for “supposedly” not complying which, cost me about $2500 and a very good paying job I had worked hard to obtain & maintain, to prove that they (the Commonwealth of PA) were wrong. I was fortunate enough due to the fact that I actually keep all my visits to the PA State Police on record in a binder, but they tried very hard to nail me after 3 years of constantly visiting them to change information or yearly updates). That was in 2007 and I have not been able to bounce back financially or emotionally since. I have been further made into a mess plus all the shaming and bullying on loved ones, but I have chosen to still be here mainly for my children (and now grandchild). I try to be positive, but do tell my children the truth of my sorrow. At least, they have truly demonstrated understanding & support. I am grateful to them for such!

        • #22685 Reply

          terry brunson

          I am writing back to tell you that the U.S. Constitution has a prohibition against Ex post Facto allowing States to retroactively apply a law to people under a previous contracts, such as a plea deal. If you entered a plea allowance
          for ten year registration and now the PSP want to classify you under something different under SORNA has been over turned by the Pa. Supreme Court on 19 July 2017.

          In your case you have no plea contract so you would win under the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as Cruel and Usual Punishment. You completed your time and just started registration – You fall under equal protection by due process rights of the 14 and and 5th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

          You will get a letter soon from the PSP telling you what to do next. They have until 19 Oct. 2017 to figure out what to tell you. Whatever they say it will have to add the SORNA has been struck down.

          It will take about 12 to 18 months for them to correct the records of 4,500 SO’s in Pa.

          If you cannot wait the 12 to 18 months for them to correct their own records because they will do it by last name in alphabetical order. If your last name begins with A great your file will be corrected before some one who’s last name begins with Z .

          Like you said – about getting a lawyer – you can go to court and claim violation of rights under the U.S. Constitution by filing for injunction relief by Writ of Mandamus or Nunc Pro Tunc . You could file in the closest Commonwealth court nearest to you. it will cost the filing fee and court coast if you Pro Se it or do it yourself.

          Not knowing the law is the draw back in your case. But you don’t need to know more than MUNIZ decision pf July 19, 2017

          After 19 October 2017 I am going to put on this site a Writ of Mandamus copy on step by step how to file it yourself to keep you from waiting 12 to 18 month for the PSP to correct their own records.

          Every day that they delay and have you reporting under SORNA is a violation of your right to liberty and happiness under the PA. Constitution Art. 1 Section 1 You will prevail in your case. You will be taken off – the SORNA.

          The Pa. Judicial Committee is now trying to adjust things to try to undermine the Muniz decision by law change in favor to keep the website on the internet. The PSP web site will be ordered to come down 19 Oct 2017.

          The AG of Cumberland County Pa. where MUNIZ started (Mr. Freed) has taken action to stay Muniz until the SCOTUS review the Pa. Supreme Court decision on MUNIZ. My prediction is that the U.S. Supreme Count will deny Freed’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari on the grounds that it is not time set to hear the issue on the Federal rights on the issue of Ex Post Factto claims on SORNA because the states are the enforcers of SORNA and they have attached rights by each States Constitutions.

          When State one by one make Petition for Writ of Certiorari – one the count get to a point where 2/3 of the State have made Petition for Writ of Certiorari on Ex Post Fact challenge on Ex Post Facto claims.

          As of now the U.S. Supreme Court has denied these states on this issue – 1 – Ohio 2 – Alaska 3 – Maryland
          4 – Indiana 5 – Michigan 6 – Pennsylvania (will next be denied

          Alaska – Maryland – Ohio – Michigan they went to the same route – PENNSYLVANIA will soon be denied on review of Petition for Writ of Certiorari on Ex Post Fact challenge on Ex Post Facto claims.

          for two reasons –
          1. The States’ high court has spoken in its jurisdiction under state rights of Article 1 Section 17 of the
          Pennsylvania Constitution

          2. The Federal claim under states rights of Article 1 Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution

          States have the right to strike down law matters of unconstitutional claims by the highest Court in the States’ on their Constitutions. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court spoke strong 6 to 1 which is a loud shut that SORNA is not right for Sex Offenders in Pa. The SORNA rules are too restrictive and punitive toward SO’s.

          You all will thank me in a few more day to see that I am saying what is right. . .

          SORNA will die in Pa. and the Harrisburg Law makers will get together to come up with a Megan’s Law V which will be similar to the Megan’s Law 2 which was 10 year or life for S.V.P. by court review for life time.

          The two or more conviction rule has fallen. Two counts on the same day plea equals one conviction – which is Ten years only. Not lifetime any more in Pa.

          Pa. 18 3126(a)(7) will fall from life time for people that were put under it as of 20 Dec 2012. Up until that date
          Pa. 18 3126(a)(7) was only ten year registration – That is what MUNIZ decision is all about and he won a win on that point that broke the backs of the PSP and Freed AG of Cumberland County. They are now appealing to buy some Court Stay time until the SCOTUS to figure out an contingency action to not let 4,500 people off the registry. The U.S. Supreme Court will deny Freed’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari on Ex Post Fact challenge on Ex Post Facto under MUNIZ’s claim.

          And Pa. will have to make new rules for pre-SORNA people or remove them off the registry all together never to bother them again about SO registration.

        • #22703 Reply

          Anonymous

          @terry brunson
          Thank you!… And I look forward to the copy of Writ of Mandamus after October 19, 2017.
          Blessings!

      • #21938 Reply

        Dave C

        Thanks for the help Terry

        It shouldn’t be this hard.

        I will never understand why they fight so hard to keep people on the registry.

        • #21960 Reply

          terry brunson

          @Dave C

          You ask “Why do they fight to keep people on the registry.”
          Are you willing to accept the truth of abuse of power?
          When you where a kid, did you ever see a Ghost?
          I would think you would say, “NO.”

          The people who are at the PSP and the AG offices are afraid of Ghost and they are donw on what they should be up on – Their oath to protect and serve all people’s rights. . . . . .

          PSP and AG minister are like bullies. . . . .

          They are bothering you because you are the little guy. . . . .

          But you have big brothers – and your big brothers will deal with the bullies in due time. . . . . Wait until 19 October 2017 and you will see the light that Muniz and Jackson v. commomwealth of July 7, 2016 all the big brother protections will come to your aid. . . . Please trust that the little guy is not left out. You may feel that way because you cannot see all that is going on – but know this: people are thinking about your rights.

          I am one of them. . . . and I am one of many that you cannot count. . Hold on don’t give up – – – – – help is on the way . . . . .

          after 19 October 2017 many SO’s will be taken off the registry. And others will revert back to a ten year out date where SORNA put life time. Truth that it will happen. . .
          Look at Alaska – Maryland – Ohio – Michigan they went to the same route – PENNSYLVANIA will soon br next to understand that PSP and AG have no more bully power to hold the little guy down.

          You will be able to soon get on with your life – IN PEACE, with the pass behind you. . . . . . . . .

        • #22547 Reply

          Paul

          Terry Thanks for the posts

          a few questions for you

          1. oct 19th is deadline for freed to appeal How long will it take to hear if SCOTUS accepts or denies hearing it?

          2. You mentioned Muniz retroactive only will apply to those that had a contract plea with 10yr reg in contract. Doesn’t this apply to anyone pre SORNA? I plead to two 10yr reg offenses in 2003 Megans law 2. They combined them and told me two or more 10yr = life reg. A.S. v commonwealth PASC said you have to offend be sent then reopened to receive a life reg from two or more 10yr offenses. So that puts me back at 10yr reg However one of my offenses was changed to life by SORNA 2012 IA7 was 10 changed to life. Shouldn’t they have to take me off ? my 10yrs is up.

          Thanks

        • #22693 Reply

          terry brunson

          Terry Thanks for the posts I have two questions for you

          1. Oct 19th is deadline for freed to appeal How long will it take to hear if SCOTUS accepts or denies hearing it?

          Answer: @ Terry
          19 Oct 2017 is the deadline for the AG of Cumberland County to file the Petition for Writ of Certiorari on Ex Post Fact challenge of the MUNIZ decision on Ex Post Facto claims of SORNA by PA Supreme Court.

          Step one is for Freed to file a stay in the Pa. Supreme court to ask for time to write his argument – He gets a 30 stay.
          The stay gives the PSP time do nothing time. The PSP is now reviewing their records of all pre-SORNA OS’s to get the number of offenders it will effect.

          Then have the number at 4,500 SO’s that will be removed as of 19 Oct 2017.

          Now here is the monkey wrench – SORNA gives offenders 48 hour to report changes, but the PSP is projecting a 12 to 18 month time frame to remove people off the registry. That is a 52 fake out. The MUNIZ decision should be immediate as of 19 Oct 2017

          Now the PSP get a little more time because they don’t have to act until after the SCOTUS takes the MUNIZ case on its docket. That will take about 45 days to get a hearing for oral arguments for both sides if the MUNIZ case is accepted. I make the prediction that it will deny a hearing. And MUNIZ will be remanded for implementation in pa. right away.

          Then the PSP can be suited by SO’s all over tghe state of Pennsylvania if they are kept on the restry 48 hours after the SCOTUS denies the AG Freed’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari on Ex Post Fact challenge review on Ex Post Facto claims of SORNA in Pa..

          To answer your question direct – 48 hours after the SCOTUS denies the Petition for Writ of Certiorari on Ex Post Fact challenge on Ex Post Facto claims from freed. When that is? The docket sheet of the SCOTUS has the timing on that. 19 Oct 2017 is the deadline date (90 days) add 45 days for docket wait. So by November 7, 2017 you will know the out come.

          Then next

          2. You mentioned Muniz retroactive only will apply to those that had a contract plea with 10yr reg in contract. Doesn’t this apply to anyone pre SORNA? I plead to two 10yr reg offenses in 2003 Megans law 2. They combined them and told me two or more 10yr = life reg.
          A.S. v commonwealth PASC said you have to offend be sent then reopened to receive a life reg from two or more 10yr offenses.
          So that puts me back at 10yr reg
          However one of my offenses was changed to life by SORNA 2012 IA7 was 10 changed to life. Shouldn’t they have to take me off ? my 10yrs is up.

          A.S. v commonwealth PASC was a NON – Precedent case that you cannot claim right to as precedent law as like Muniz, but there is a Precedent case you can claim rights to with your issue – write it down

          PA Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Lutz-Morrison revisited the issue, on (August-15-2016) came to a logical decision:

          “It is enough to note we hold that Section 9799.14, considered in the context of the statutory language as a whole, is susceptible to two reasonable constructions, and the statute, which sets forth a graduated (three-tier) scheme of registration, encompasses a recidivist philosophy.
          As such, the statute requires an act, a conviction, and a subsequent act to trigger lifetime registration for multiple offenses otherwise subject to a fifteen- or twenty-five-year period of registration.”

          It’s important to note that the same general ruling was made with respect to the “two or more convictions” language included in Megan’s Law II (pre-SORNA). See A.S. v. Pa. State Police, 24 MAP 2014, J-36-2016 (Pa. filed Aug. 15, 2016):

          “In accordance with the Gehris Opinion in Support of Reversal (OISR), as supplemented by our analysis below, we hold the provision, considered in the context of the statutory language as a whole, is amenable to two reasonable constructions; and we further hold the statute, which sets forth a graduated scheme of registration, encompasses a recidivist philosophy.

          2 We therefore conclude the statute requires an act, a conviction, and a subsequent act to trigger lifetime registration for multiple offenses otherwise triggering a ten-year period of registration.”

          “Fourth and finally, and returning to the subject of predicate ambiguity, we note there is some validity in the point made in the dissent below that it would be absurd and unreasonable if a single act, giving rise to a single prosecution yielding two convictions for overlapping predicate offenses, subjected an offender to lifetime registration.

          In conclusion, we hold the statute requires an act, a conviction, and a subsequent act to trigger lifetime registration for multiple offenses otherwise triggering a ten-year period of registration.

          Accordingly, the award of mandamus relief is hereby affirmed.”

          Thanks for asking me – I feel humbled to give the best reply that I can to you hope you understand the legal begal stuff I say. I understand it, but am I explaining it right.. . . . for you to understand it also.

          Terry Thanks for the posts

          a few questions for you

          1. oct 19th is deadline for freed to appeal How long will it take to hear if SCOTUS accepts or denies hearing it?

          2. You mentioned Muniz retroactive only will apply to those that had a contract plea with 10yr reg in contract. Doesn’t this apply to anyone pre SORNA? I plead to two 10yr reg offenses in 2003 Megans law 2. They combined them and told me two or more 10yr = life reg. A.S. v commonwealth PASC said you have to offend be sent then reopened to receive a life reg from two or more 10yr offenses. So that puts me back at 10yr reg However one of my offenses was changed to life by SORNA 2012 IA7 was 10 changed to life. Shouldn’t they have to take me off ? my 10yrs is up.

          Thanks

  • #21747 Reply

    Dave C

    It has been two months since the Muniz decision. Has anyone heard any updates on when and/or whether the PSP or AG are going to remove the registrants who are due relief?

    I worked as a software engineer and know its a simple query to find all registrants who are due relief. So, I don’t understand why the delay?

    I was contacted by an attorney who wanted 5,000 to 10,000 dollars for a PCR to facilitate removal from the registry. Sounds like the blood sucking attorneys are now looking for a cash grab.

    Its sad that the PSP do not have to follow the laws of the PA Supreme Court and the attorneys are now just looking for money.

    I don’t think the founding fathers had this in mind when creating our justice system.

  • #20082 Reply

    Adam

    I’m in PA, and I was convicted of 3 counts of misdemeanor indecent assault in November of 2011. I received probation and was not required to register with ML. Not only was I required to register on 12/21/12, but they registered me as a tier 3 because I had multiple charges, despite them all being on the same docket.

    I am praying that this ruling will finally provide some justice for me, and return me to my original deal where I was not required to register. I have lost 3 jobs and been kicked out of an apartment since my registration. I have two kids and have struggled to support them or myself since this injustice was carried out.

    I am angry. Not only does the PSP need to act swiftly to remove those who have been illegally forced to register for the last 5 years, but there needs to be some form of compensation. The emotional, and financial toll this has taken on my life has been crippling.

    • #20317 Reply

      Mark

      Adam
      Did you not get relief in February 2017? I was slightly in the same situation as you. I had 2 charges adjudicated at the same time. PSP raised me to a tier 3 due to that, In February of this year (2017) I received a letter from PSP telling mr that I was reclassified as a tier 2, which it would have been under SONRA. However my case is from 2004 so I actually fall under the latest ruling. I think you may also be due relief under the “same act” provision that got me off of tier 3.

      Also if you took a plea and it did not include ML at the time, then I also believe you can get removed on those grounds alone, as plea agreements are contracts and not subject to the whims of the PSP

      • #20331 Reply

        Adam

        I did get some relief, but it only dropped me to a tier 2. Which I don’t understand at all. I am meeting with a lawyer on Wednesday to discuss my options. I am hoping to petition a judge asap, and I feel fairly confident that I will be removed on multiple different grounds. It seems almost automatic, but the last 6 years have left me wary of optimism.

        • #20754 Reply

          Mark

          Adam
          If you would, How did your meeting with the lawyer go?
          Any news good or bad?
          Thanks

    • #20253 Reply

      Dave C

      Adam

      I feel your pain. I have lost two jobs as well. Its scary that the PSP and AG can ignore a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision and delay removing registrants who are clearly due relief. The registry has hurt more children that it has ever protected. Stay Strong, Adam. Hopefully, the end is near for these draconian websites which are simply punishment and they protect no one.

  • #19873 Reply

    Dave C

    I am a sex offender in PA. I recently posted that I am due relief from the Muniz Supreme Court decision. I was told tonight that I have 90 days to file a post-conviction release (PCR) or vacate the right to challenge removal from megans law website.

    Has any attorney heard of this?

    if its true, shouldn’t they have to inform everyone?

    HELP !!!

    • #19943 Reply

      R

      To Dave c its like that song, nothing from nothing leaves nothing. I don’t know much about the law but I’ll throw in my opinion, I don’t see why we would have to file a pcr. This ruling has nothing to do with our original plea agreement, unless I’m just guessing if anyone. Is deemed an SVP and absolutely has to register for life, under those circumstances. We should not have to file a pcr, our 10/15/25/ or lifetime registery requirements, should be vacated without any court proceedings. Why the county’s and pa, would wanna waste more time and money, on this decision is beyond me. Best guess to this is, like everything else there just dragging it out.

  • #19184 Reply

    Jim

    http://cases.justia.com/pennsylvania/supreme-court/2017-71-map-2016.pdf?ts=1502899399

    Above Supreme Court ruling came out two days ago. Apparently Spann’s pending case in Supreme Court was remanded back to Commonwealth court in order to give him relief based on Muniz… Muniz is the law of the land,according to one of the Muniz dissenters (Mundy).

    So why – given that our own Supreme Court is granting relief based on Muniz,
    Why are others still waiting for relief?!!

    So why

    • #19370 Reply

      Paul

      Looks like old Leroy is still up on PSP’s website Theses frs are out of control. No respect for the supreme court. PSP thinks they run the state.

  • #19133 Reply

    Paul

    Spoke with ML section PSP today, they have no new info., said they are waiting to hear what the AGs office decides to do. I have two ten yr registrations from 2003 they combined them to make a life reg. Didn’t tell me that when I took a plea. I asked the PSP officer today on the phone if the A.S, decision got rid of the two or more thing to make life reg she said yes my tier 3 is from 2012 when they increased the time for Indecent assault 7, So the Muniz case should revert me back to a 10yr reg and they cant combine anymore to make life so my time should be up. Haven’t heard if DA Freed appeal has gone anywhere yet someone said the 19th of aug is the deadline others say 90days for them to appeal to SCOUS

  • #19006 Reply

    Dave C

    I am sex offender in PA. I was arrested in February of 2005. I was originally given 10 years which was moved to 25 years. I have completed 10 years and I am due relief from the Muniz decision. Is there any action planned in court to expedite the PSP to actually remove offenders from the registry? Is there any action planned to repeal SORNA since it was deemed punitive?

    • #19087 Reply

      R

      To the guy in pa, I’m here also, and I sure hope so. I talked to my public defender about this, and my pending case. And funny he said you know more about this stuff then I do go figure, sounds like appeal’s will have to be filed. And I recommend anyone with public representation. Keep on them cause there in no hurry to help out, due to there heavy caseloads. And yes as far as I’m concerned, all that are due relief. Should get together and file a class action lawsuit, the law has no problem with a speedy arrest when we allegedly screw up. But when something goes our way, it gets kicked aside, wrong wrong wrong.

      • #19817 Reply

        B

        Does anyone know if a class action lawsuit is being started? I just found out I was supposed to be taken off in 2014. I moved to another state after the 2014 ruling and was made to register for two years longer because Pa didn’t notify the state I was in. Where’s the compensation for those of us affected by this. I was sentenced to two years probation for an M2 and instead lost my job, life, friends, etc. when I was told I had to register. now if I pay child support how do you get a job to actually live on. Anyone with news on a civil suit please post. I do see Pa arguing sovereign immunity on the whole thing and we get kicked to the curb

  • #18765 Reply

    DW

    Can someone answer the following: If an original conviction date in 1992, followed by a violation of probation for misdemeanor DUI in 1997 on the original crime in 1992, does PA consider the single act crime in 1992 or go by the VOP which resulted in remaining under jurisdiction of DOC until 2001?

    I sexually battered my wife in 1991. Adjudicated in 1992. Forced to register for life as Tier III down here in floriduh. Any information greatly appreciated. floriduh list my date of offense as 1997 on the registry. I didn’t rape anything but too many beers then drive a car for 1997 VOP. Just wondering how PA would view. Thanks.

  • #17392 Reply

    Q.A

    Who was the Attorney? Missouri is out of control ! looking like Florida.

  • #17207 Reply

    Marie

    I’m curious as to how or if this will have ant impact on Michigan’s 6th circuit court ruling? Any ideas?

  • #16599 Reply

    DW

    It is my prayer that anyone who is delayed in being removed from the registry whose conviction date mandates their removal have some legal recourse to sue the jurisdictions not adhering to the Court’s decision.

    Federal funding has certainly motivated states to punish folks against their own and the United States’ Constitutions. It seems to me, having large chunks of money lost to civil law-suits by those punished beyond a court’s order when they should not be would equally compel states to comply in a timely manner.

  • #16247 Reply

    PA SO Editorial
  • #15685 Reply

    Steward Steckley

    The interesting thing about this case also leads to how/who will register and for how long. No one really knows at this point.

    One thing that needs to be understood is that the old Megan’s Law in PA (Megan’s Law II) was ruled unconstitutional as well, so Megan’s Law II kicked in. However, with SORNA, the statutes that governed Megan’s Law II, that is 42 Pa. C.S. 9799.1-9799.9 all expired on December 11, 2012. With them being totally expired they don’t exist, therefore, unlike Megan’s Law III, which wrote over 9799.1 through 9799.9 of title 42 there really is no law to “revert” back to. Just an annalysis I came up with. I’m not a lawyer, but, if there’s no law on the books to revert back to, then there is no Megan’s Law at all in PA. Just an interesting theory I’d like to present. Comments?

    • #19863 Reply

      Jmk

      That makes complete sense. I was thinking the same thing. The spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police said that everyone convicted before December 20th 2012 might have to be removed. So that would make sense on what you said. But even if they didn’t remove it that door is still open for someone else to walk through.

    • #18080 Reply

      Jay

      Very interesting. I’m curious, run this past an attorney?? Most of em’ are f’n trash that could care less, but you’re on to some good shit! Picking the proper angle now is crucial for me. Can you school me a bit more in regards to ML 1,2, and 3? Are you saying there was no ML at all in Pa. between 12-11-12 and 12-20-12????????????????? If so, can you confirm 100%??

  • #15010 Reply

    It doesn’t work!!

    Do the multiple convicted felony dwi criminals get relief from their registry too? What about the felony violent robbery convicts, do they get relief from their registry? My father wasn’t on a domestic violence registry for what he did to my mother, or to his wife prior to her.

    • #18082 Reply

      Jay

      WTF are you talking about, read some books Bobby Ray!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaha

  • #14698 Reply

    John Covert

    I’d love to see something similar in Virginia. I was put on the registry for 10 years in 2009, then the state in its “wisdom” raised that to a minimum of 15 while I was serving my time. The change was ostensibly made to bring Virginia into compliance with the Adam Walsh Act, though this is just about the only part of Virginia’s program that is.

  • #13979 Reply

    Brenda Jones

    I was thrilled to see this win! It has been so long in coming — we first heard about a challenge as far back as 2014, so it has taken a long time to make its way to a decision. Glad it was worth the wait.

    I’ll be very curious to see if PA does any better at following the court’s orders than my own state of Maryland did. Here, after a similar decision, the state didn’t even want to take the plaintiff off! When they were forced to do that, then they tried to come back and argue that they still needed to list him because the feds said his offense must be on THEIR registry.

    Wrong, wrong wrong! There IS NO federal registry: it is only a grouping of all the different state ones. We successfully fought that and got an even stronger ruling that said the feds had NO separate registry and our state laws trumped the federal law. And not only Mister Doe should come off, but “all others so situated.” That took an additional 18 months or so. And even now, several years later, the state is STILL dragging its feet on some people who should have been removed or rolled back to their original registration terms.

    So here’s hoping that PA moves more quickly – I am hopeful because this ruling appears to be much stronger and clearer.

    • #19865 Reply

      Jmk

      Even if not everyone is removed like we’re helping that door’s still open and you can guarantee that many more people are going to file lawsuits against the Pennsylvania State Police and this law. It may take a lot of time but you can guarantee that the law is slowly being dismantled when after win.

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