Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules SORNA Unconstitutional

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules SORNA Unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today ruled SORNA Unconstitutional as applied to an individual whose offenses predate it’s enactment. The Court found: 1) SORNA’s registration provisions constitute punishment notwithstanding the General Assembly’s identification of the provisions as nonpunitive; 2) retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions violates the federal ex post facto clause; and 3) retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions also violates the ex post facto clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

This is another HUGE decision, this time in a State Supreme Court.

Although this has no bearing on Florida, the finding is indicative of a trend in the courts and some more persuasive precedent when it comes to future litigation.

You can read the full opinion of the Court below:

Commonwealth v. Muniz 17_07-19

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