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His lawyer, James Brose, argued that forcing Williams to register years later was unconstitutional.
Given the Superior Court’s ruling, prosecutors last week formally withdrew the failing-to-register charges, Brose said. 20 from Dallas State Prison in Luzerne County after spending 20 months behind bars, according to Department of Corrections records.
That’s the stance taken by the lawyer for Davies, the Wilson rapist.
Davies’ offense dates to 2004, long before SORNA, though he wasn’t caught until 11 years later.“SORNA essentially did away with the prior Megan’s laws and I think the Supreme Court did away with SORNA,” said Davies’ attorney, Philip Lauer.
Others are seeking to have convictions for failing to register as a sex offender thrown out.
Among the rulings this month in already pending cases:* The state Supreme Court struck down the registration requirements of Edmund L.
But defense attorneys are pressing that issue, flooding courthouses with appeals arguing that anyone whose crime predated SORNA — which took effect Dec. The defense lawyers say SORNA replaced the state’s prior version of Megan’s Law, and that the old law cannot be resurrected without action by the Legislature.
As a result, the law commonly called SORNA can’t be applied looking backward, to cases that predated its enactment, the court said. SORNA greatly expanded the state’s registry, increasing the number of crimes that are considered sex offenses and lengthening the amount of time most offenders must register.
The court’s ruling found that by upping the years of registration, mandating routine in-person appearances before state police, and putting more information about an offender online, the requirements had became punitive.
But with SORNA’s enactment, Haenig, who lives in West Reading, was hit with a 15-year mandate.* The state Superior Court vacated the conviction of Shawn Christopher Williams, a 41-year-old Easton man who was serving 33 months to 10 years in state prison after being found guilty in 2016 of failing to register.
Williams insisted he was under no such mandate when he was sentenced in 1998 for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, for which he spent a decade incarcerated.