Reply To: SCOTUS Denies to Hear Muniz

Kurt Martin

I did not expect the U.S. Supreme Court to take this case, as the decision below not only involved an interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, but also the Constitution of Pennsylvania. So even if the highest court of the USA found that the highest court of PA had erred on how the “ex post facto” doctrine applies under federal law, SCOTUS cannot and would not disturb PA’s own Supreme Court in its ruling that their own state constitution made this law unenforceable as to people who were convicted before the law took effect.