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Seventh Circuit affirms Wisconsin’s lifetime GPS monitoring

By Larry . . . NARSOL is disappointed in the outcome of a GPS challenge just decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from Wisconsin. The case is Benjamin Braam, Alton Antrim, and Dan Olszewski v. Kevin Carr, Wisconsin Secretary of Corrections. Wisconsin Statute § 301.48(2)(a)(7) requires lifetime monitoring of offenders who have been convicted of…

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Entrapment and ineffective assistance of counsel win the day — Illinois Supreme Court vacates conviction

By Larry . . . The People of the State of Illinois v. Shane Lewis (Docket No. 126705) decided June 24, 2022, deals with an egregious abuse by law enforcement and was clearly entrapment by any objective standard. Shane Lewis was charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, traveling to meet a minor, and grooming. At trial, he asserted the defense of…

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Legislative Update #3

Legislative Update #3 This 30-day session has unfolded as we had anticipated. This year’s session has proven to be focused on cracking down on crime, and there are several competing proposals. The cutoff for introduction of legislation was February 2nd which means all the bills we need to analyze are in the system. Although crime has been an issue in New Mexico for several years, many have gotten on the bandwagon since this is an…

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Legislative Update #1

The New Mexico Legislature convened for a 30-day session on January 18th. As we had anticipated, early indications are this will be a year of dueling get-tough on crime proposals from the governor as well as those seeking the office. The governor announced her proposals in advance of the session. Those priorities include: Imposing a “rebuttable presumption,” which shifts the…

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Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Previous Victory

y Larry . . . NARSOL previously reported on the case of Brian Hope v. Commissioner of Indiana Department of Correction, which was favorably decided by a three-judge panel back in January. Unfortunately, the Seventh Circuit granted Indiana’s request for en banc review, and the full court has now turned that victory into a defeat. Trial Court History United States District Court…

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Michigan Supreme Court Agrees that 2011 Registration Cannot Be Applied Retroactively

By Larry . . . The case of The People of the State of Michigan v. Paul Betts is an awesome win for our cause. The Michigan Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the retroactive application of Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA), MCL 28.721 et seq., as amended by 2011 PA 17 and 18 (the 2011 SORA), violates state and…

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Colorado court of appeals says internet prohibition is constitutional

By Larry . . . It is constitutional to prohibit internet access according to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Christopher Landis appealed his probationary sentence for attempted sexual assault on a child. He argued that the conditions of his probation restricting his use of the internet and social media violate (1) the governing Colorado statutory scheme and (2) his rights…

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Fantastic win in South Carolina

By Larry . . . The case of Dennis J. Powell Jr. v. Mark Keel, Chief, and The State of South Carolina was an awesome victory for our cause. This appeal was the result of the circuit court’s granting summary judgment in favor of Dennis Powell, Jr. on his claims challenging the internet publication and lifetime duration of his mandated registration as…

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