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PA Supreme Court’s Backwards Ruling in Lacombe and Witmayer

By: Josiah . . . The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (SCOPA) heard oral arguments in a consolidated case of Mr. Claude Lacombe and Mr. Michael Witmayer in November of 2019 challenging the constitutionality of Subchapter I of PA’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SCOPA ruled Subchapter I is “non-punitive and does not violate the constitutional prohibition against ex post…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects SORNA challenge

By Larry of NARSOL. . . In these consolidated appeals, Commonwealth v. Lacombe and Commonwealth v. Witmayer, the Commonwealth (state) challenged orders of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas relieving appellees Claude Lacombe and Michael Witmayer of their duties to comply with Subchapter I of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. To achieve its dual goals of ensuring public safety…

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Letter to your legislator template

The recent decision by the PA Supreme Court that sent a Constitutional challenge to public sex offender registries back to square one is a setback for those who know that sex offense registries are ineffective. Reactive measures like the registry divert resources away from policy which has the potential to prevent sexual crimes. While we will likely not see the…

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Commonwealth of Pa. v. Torsilieri: SORNA Scientific Evidentiary Showdown

By: Josiah The PA Supreme Court (SCOPA) filed their opinions on Com. v. George Torsilieri on June 16 regarding the constitutionality of PA’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Revised Subchapter H. Mr. Torsilieri and his attorneys argued that SORNA is based on outdated legislative findings and presented current scientific evidence refuting the accuracy of those findings. The majority…

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State Police post new guidelines concerning registrants

The Pennsylvania State Police have posted new guidelines concerning Pennsylvania Registrants. Below is the following criteria that will be followed. Please read over this carefully as the status of your county changes from red, to yellow, to green. Verification Appearance When an individual’s scheduled appearance date nears, correspondence with additional instructions and a paper verification form will be mailed to…

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The murder of Mattieo Condoluci

5/20/’20 The threat of vigilante action is something that every man, woman, and child on the registry in PA and around the nation has to reckon with. Tragically, the information listed on a public registry is sometimes used to commit a hate crime such as the high profile murder in Nebraska this week. Please read the fine write up from…

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