From the above article,
“Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said that the high court’s decision likely will have an impact on plea negotiations… The difference in registration requirements – some offenses carry registration terms as low as 15 years – can prompt a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser sex crime to avoid the lifetime registration.
“The biggest impact will be with plea negotiations,” Marsico said. “These registration requirements are often at issue.”
That’s why I took a plea deal in ’98, then they changed the terms. I plead to 10 years registration and now it’s lifetime.
They’ll do it again.