NARSOL in Action Call 02/07/2018

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?

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2018 Session Update #1

2018 Session Update #1
January 18, 2018

The 2018 session of the New Mexico Legislature got underway on Tuesday, so this is your first update for the session. Keep in mind that this is a 30-day session is limited to budget matters and items specifically requested by the governor. This means any legislation not accompanied by an executive message is not germane and will not be considered.

The primary theme for this session is expected to be legislation addressing New Mexico’s rising crime rate. The governor has made it clear that she will continue pushing for harsher penalties which means we can anticipate a number of proposals to lengthen prison sentences. The Democratic leadership has signaled that it is receptive to selectively increasing some penalties, however, they are also seeking more treatment options as well as alternatives to prison.

Due to the perception that New Mexico is such a dangerous place, we can expect that there will be some bipartisan cooperation on anti-crime legislation this year, however, LJC will work with our partners to kill or amend any imprudent bills. As of this writing, no SORNA bill has been introduced even though all indications before the session pointed to the DPS bringing back their AWA-compliant bill. The deadline for introduction of legislation is January 31st and the session concludes at noon on February 15th. If there is a SORNA bill filed before the deadline for introduction of legislation, LJC is prepared to deal with a comprehensive strategy.

We have not had time to make a complete list of bills we will track or to analyze any of the legislation listed below so stay tuned for our next update.  For now, the full text of the bills is available on the New Mexico Legislative website (bill tracker).

The bills that have LJC is already tracking are:

  • HB 18: Is a three strikes bill sponsored by Representative Nate Gentry (R).
  • HB 19: Is a bill proposing to increase the penalty for a felon in possession of a firearm sponsored by Representative Nate Gentry (R).
  • HB 20: Is a bill seeking to reduce recidivism co-sponsored by Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D) and Representative Nate Gentry (R).
  • HB 28: Is a bill proposing to enhance sentences for “violent felonies” sponsored by Representative Bill Rhem (R).
  • HB 29: Is a bill proposing to enhance penalties for use of firearms in non-capital felonies co-sponsored by Representatives Bill Rhem (R) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D).
  • HB 33: Is a bill proposing to extend time limits for initiation of prosecution co-sponsored by Representatives Bill Rhem (R) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D).

 Save the Date Capital Booth!

On February 14th we will have our yearly educational booth at the round house. If you have an interest in helping  us with educating lawmakers, analysts and other interested parties this is the single most effective way to have your voice heard. If you would like to learn more about the legislative process this is a good time to do so as well. Contact Lloyd at [email protected] if interested in volunteering.

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General Public Meeting

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


Open Forum:

  1. The meeting will be called to Order by Rick Dean followed by introduction of LJC board and guests.
  2. 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. 
  3. LJC board meeting convenes after Open Forum or no later than 2:30.

Standing Reports: 

  1. Treasurer’s Report;
  2. Sex Offender Management Board;
  3. 2018 Legislative Session;
  4. Report of important legal cases; and
  5. Update from NARSOL.
  6. Update on National Conference

Old Business:

  1. Approval of meeting minutes August 6, 2017; and
  2. Plans for fundraising efforts and new member recruitment.

3.   Report on New Mexico litigation plans.

New Business:

  1. Staffing of booth at State Capitol;
  2. Hiring for membership and outreach person to make phone calls;
  3. Holding LJC meetings in other cities;
  4. Holding Conference calls.
  5. Approve funding for new brochures with LJC logo; and
  6. Approval of fundraising letter and commission for Robin.
  7. Approval of funding for banner and placard card for display boards.

Executive Session:

  1. Strategy for 2018 Legislative Session.
  2. Funds available to pay for lobbing efforts.

Motion to adjourn

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NARSOL in Action Call

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#.

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