Wall also warned that if the court were to strike down the section of SORNA dealing with retroactivity, it would wreak havoc on the scheme Congress carefully developed. When lawmakers approved the statute, they applied the new rules not only to future cases, but looking backward, to those that had already been decided.
The courts below had rejected Mr. They filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a sex offender, "John Doe.
While Mr. The decision, authored by Justice Kevin Dougherty, represented a departure from previous Pennsylvania and federal court rulings that have upheld retroactive registration for Megan's Law, finding it passed constitutional muster because its aim is to protect and inform the public, and not punish the offender.
Given the ruling, those people are entitled to relief, he said. Amanda Woog Aug 04,
Despite his clean prison record, he served more than double the maximum sentence under Michigan guidelines for spousal rape because at parole hearings he refused to express remorse for a crime he insisted he hadn't committed.
Read More. Instead, the majority justices found that the statute, as written by Congress, did not authorize retroactive enforcement. District Judge Robert Cleland wrote in a Feb. He pled guilty in May and was sentenced to two years in prison with credit for time already served.
And this week, the state Supreme Court agreed, in a closely watched ruling that will have sweeping impact. He was critical of the decision.
State Rep. The court's decision wasn't unanimous. Principal Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall echoed this point, saying Congress made policy judgments when it developed SORNA and left the attorney general only a limited amount of room to modify how the law is implemented so it could flex when real-world challenges put it under stress.
Williams insists he was under no such mandate when he was sentenced in for sexually assaulting a year-old girl, for which he spent a decade in prison.