Category: Legal Challenges

Supreme Court rules NC law banning sex offenders from social networking sites unconstitutional

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/supreme-court-rules-nc-law-banning-sex-offenders-from-social-networking-sites-unconstitutional/article/2626372 by Ryan Lovelace | Jun 19, 2017, 10:54 AM The Supreme Court ruled Monday a North Carolina law banning sex offenders from using social networking websites is unconstitutional.Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the high court’s opinion in Packingham v. North…

Good People, Bad Mistakes

05 December 2016   Address given by Ange Greene, VCJR outreach coordinator, at  the Re-imagining Justice conference on Dec. 1 at Vermont Law School. Good morning. My name is Ange Greene and 34 months ago I  was sentenced to 25…

Sixth Circuit panel concludes Michigan sex offender registration amendments “imposes punishment” and thus are ex post unconstitutional for retroactive application

http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2016/08/sixth-circuit-panel-concludes-michigan-sex-offender-registration-amendments-are-punitive-and-thus-ar.html August 25, 2016 In a significant panel ruling today, the Sixth Circuit has concluded in Does v. Snyder, No. 15-1536 (6th Cir. Aug. 25, 2016) (available here) that Michigan’s amendments to its Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) “imposes punishment” and…

SCOV Law Blog: Probation conditions that fit

Editor’s note: This piece from the SCOV Law Blog is by Andrew Delaney.  State v. Cornell, 2016 VT 47 Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr Probation conditions have to be reasonably related to the conviction. It wasn’t always like…