Don’t Miss Hearing Latest News From Supreme Court
This is your final notice regarding the conference call scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, February 7. We will focus on the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court rejecting the Cumberland County District Attorney’s effort to undo the PA Supreme Court's decision in Commonwealth v. Muniz.
Our special guests will be Lea Bickerton and Robert Cicchinelli. Ms. Bickerton is an attorney in Pittsburgh with extensive experience dealing with registry issues. Mr. Cicchinnelli serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and chairs their policy subcommittee for sex offender issues. Theresa Robertson, who is NARSOL's advocate in PA, will also be assisting us with the call.
7:00 to 7:30: Review of the Muniz Decision by Ms. Bickerton and Mr. Cicchinelli;
7:30 to 8:30: Questions by panel for Ms. Bickerton and Mr. Cicchinelli;
8:30 to 9:00: Audience questions with preference to callers in PA.
9:00 to 10:00: Open forum and general Q & A.
Although it is not mandatory, we ask that you sign up here so that we have an idea how many will be attending the call. The phone number is 641.715.3660, followed by 957605#.
You may call in directly with a telephone or, if you have a speaker and microphone or a headset with a mic, you may access the call through your computer by going here and following the on-screen directions for inputting the number and the code given above.
New Live Stream Option
We also are going to Live Stream the call on You Tube. There won't be any video, just an audio stream, so you can try this if you'd rather not call in. You can use your Roku or ChromeCast and have the call played over your TV. How cool is that?
Liberty & Justice Coalition
General Public Meeting
Liberty & Justice Coalition will be holding a Public General meeting on 12/3/17, at The UMN Law School Library 1117 Stanford Dr. NE, Alb. Room # 2403, from 2:00 till 4:00 pm.
Come join the conversation. Any questions please call (505) 832-4291
Liberty & Justice Coalition
December 3, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.
UNM Law School Room 2403
- The meeting will be called to Order by Rick Dean followed by introduction of LJC board and guests.
- Open Forum between members and board moderated by Rick Dean. This segment will last up to 30 minutes depending on attendance and each person can speak for no more than 5 minutes.
- LJC board meeting convenes after Open Forum or no later than 2:30.
- Treasurer’s Report;
- Sex Offender Management Board;
- 2018 Legislative Session;
- Report of important legal cases; and
- Update from NARSOL.
- Update on National Conference
- Approval of meeting minutes August 6, 2017; and
- Plans for fundraising efforts and new member recruitment.
3. Report on New Mexico litigation plans.
- Staffing of booth at State Capitol;
- Hiring for membership and outreach person to make phone calls;
- Holding LJC meetings in other cities;
- Holding Conference calls.
- Approve funding for new brochures with LJC logo; and
- Approval of fundraising letter and commission for Robin.
- Approval of funding for banner and placard card for display boards.
- Strategy for 2018 Legislative Session.
- Funds available to pay for lobbing efforts.
Motion to adjourn
NARSOL In Action
Wednesday, August 2nd
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. E.D.T.
You are invited to hear about a great victory announced by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the case of Commonwealth v Muniz. See full opinion here. You may also read NARSOL’s analysis of the decision here.
The Court declared that SORNA’s registration provisions constitute punishment under Article 1, Section 17 of the Pennsylvania Constitution — Pennsylvania’s Ex Post Facto Clause. The Court held:
- SORNA’s registration provisions constitute punishment notwithstanding the General Assembly’s identification of the provisions as nonpunitive;
- retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions violates the federal ex post facto clause; and
- retroactive application of SORNA’s registration provisions also violates the ex post facto clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Our special guest will be Aaron Marcus. Mr. Marcus is an attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He is currently assigned to the appellate division, and has tried numerous bench and jury trials since joining the Defender Association in 2006. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Widener Law School teaching criminal procedure. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 2004 where he was Editor-in-Chief of Volume XXII of the Journal of Law & Inequality and his B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2001.
Before joining the Defender Association, Mr. Marcus served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has written and published on issues of drug policy, policing, and federalism. His articles have appeared in the William Mitchell Law Review, the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Whittier Journal of Child & Family Advocacy.
He is now specializing, writing and lecturing in the area of sex offender registration, law, and policy.
Registration is free; please sign up so we will know how many to expect. The number is 641.715.3660, code 957605#.