Read the Case Analysis by PARSOL’s Legal Committee around the potentially game-changing ruling from Chester County, PA declaring SORNA Unconstitutional.Read More
Tag: PA Supreme Court
PA Supreme Court’s Backwards Ruling in Lacombe and Witmayer
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 facto laws”. This is…Read More
PA Supreme Court SVP Analysis: Butler and In re: H.R.
PARSOL Sees Temporary Setback in SVP Cases. April 5, 2020. by Josiah. We have seen two temporary setbacks in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (SCOPA). The recent rulings of Com. v. Joseph D. Butler and In the Interest of: H.R., A Minor left us disappointed. However, we see an opportunity to directly win this battle thanks to, ironically enough, SCOPA…Read More
Legal Update, 3-30-2020
PARSOL Responds to Comm v. Butler Decision “Although we at PARSOL are disappointed in the results of the PA Supreme Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Butler, which was a 7-0 unanimous decision to separate SVP’s from non-SVPs regarding registry requirements and asserting that PA.’s SORNA statute is not punishment because of the Commonwealth’s interest in protecting the public from…Read More