April 7, 2015
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay at least 1,000 feet away ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that state laws governing the residency restrictions for sex offenders take precedence over local municipal ordinances. In People v. Diack, the court ruled unanimously that the state's regulations are sufficient in prohibiting high-level sex ...[read more]
January 3, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS ...[read more]
August 21, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from commercial social networking websites accessible by children, such as Facebook and Myspace, is unconstitutional. In a unanimous opinion, the court found that the law " ...[read more]
July 24, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 24, 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced the enactment of a law allowing the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. Earlier that month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a similar bill calling for ...[read more]
June 1, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 1, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Carr v. United States that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) would not apply retroactively to offenses occurring before the act was passed. The purpose of SORNA was to provide a set of minimum standards for ...[read more]
January 23, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday struck down an Indiana law that prohibits sex offenders from joining social networking websites, such as Facebook and other websites children are able to join. The law makes it a crime for a registered sex offender to be a member of a " ...[read more]
November 8, 2012
by Arjun Mishra
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday temporarily blocked several provisions of a human trafficking law approved by voters Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( ...[read more]

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