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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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 Torsilieri and his attorneys argued that SORNA is based on outdated legislative findings and presented current scientific evidence refuting the accuracy of those findings.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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PA’s Unique Right to Reputation

The Constitution of Pennsylvania ensures the basic rights of all citizens of this Commonwealth. In this deep dive going back to the founding of our state, our legal team explores PA’s unique Constitutional protection: the Right to Reputation.   [pdf-embedder url=”https://parsol.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/PAs-Historical-Right-to-Reputation-Article-3.pdf” title=”PA’s Historical Right to Reputation Article 3″]

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*Update 4-8-’20* IN-PERSON REGISTRATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED IN PA

In-person registration in PA has been suspended.  See below. This is from the PA Megan’s Law Website: ***INFORMATION REGARDING REGISTRATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY*** Due to the COVID-19 Emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in-person reporting is being temporarily suspended. In order to allow registrants to remain compliant with registration requirements and to expedite the processing of information, only residential,…

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