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Social Media For All… Sex Offenders Included?

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ July 24, 2017

This summer the Supreme Court decided that states cannot prevent or restrict sex offenders from utilizing social networking sites. In an effort to limit sex offenders from interacting with potential victims, states such as North Carolina have enacted laws making it a felony for convicted sex offenders to access “commercial social networking” websites that have […]

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Legislators Gone Wild

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ May 7, 2017

Last September, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a startling decision that expanded the state’s child molestation law to criminalize any contact between an adult and a child’s genitals. Molestation of a child under the statute consisted of “intentionally or knowingly engaging in or causing a person to engage in sexual contact with a child under […]

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Recidivism a Requirement for Lifetime Sex Offender Registration

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ October 9, 2016

In a recent case, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that sex offenders who commit certain crimes must commit a subsequent offense following their conviction for the first offense before they can be made to register as sex offenders for life. In A.S. v. Pennsylvania State Police, the Court discussed the proper construction of the […]

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PA’s Rape Shield Law Only Applies to Sex Offenses

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ February 24, 2016

On February 19th, 2016, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania decided the case of Commonwealth v. Schley, No.124 WDA 2015, holding that Pennsylvania’s Rape Shield Law does not bar the admission of prior false sexual assault allegations made by the complainant as evidence in a trial for Endangering the Welfare of Children. The defendant, Schley, and […]

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SUPERIOR COURT: SCOTUS “Trespass Doctrine” for 4th Amendment Applies to Computer Search

Filed under: Criminal Law, Sex Crimes by Contributor @ July 5, 2015

In Commonwealth v. Sodomsky, 2015 Pa. Super. 133, a three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that digital information stored on a desktop computer is subject to Fourth Amendment protections, regardless of the defendant’s reasonable expectation of privacy. The defendant had dropped off his desktop computer to Circuit City’s technology department in order for a new […]

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