Legal challenge to strike down PA’s Registry given a green light

Commonwealth v. Torsilieri Update 1/15/21

The fate of the public sex offender registry in PA will be determined sometime this year or next. Either defendant Torsilieri’s challenge will again reach the Supreme Court of PA, or the Commonwealth will be able to convince lower judges of their argument. (For a history of this momentous case and its significant delay, please see the link at the bottom of this article.)

This week, a minor step was taken to advance the case away from the starting line. After the Supreme Court ordered the case back to the lower court so that the Commonwealth can provide evidence that all people convicted of sexual offenses are likely to re-offend, the state made a motion to Dismiss the case…

From Josiah on the Legal Team:

Here’s an update on Commonwealth v. Torsilieri. On Oct. 5, 2020 in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, the DA and AG filed a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing/Mootness as a last-ditch effort to get themselves out of the corner. Aaron Marcus filed his response to the Commonwealth’s Motion to Dismiss on Oct. 23. Judge Allison Royer DENIED the motion on Jan. 11. They can move on real business not that the “formalities” are out of the way. Read Commonwealth of Pa. v. Torsilieri: SORNA Scientific Evidentiary Showdown for more about the case.



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