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No punishment without a law, part 2

In our last post, we were discussing a recent case from Sixth Circuit, where the court found sections of Michigan's Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) unconstitutional because it violated the U.S. Constitution's prohibition against retroactive punishment. The SORAs have been permitted because they are supposed to be merely administrative and civil and not confer additional punishment on individuals who have already completed their criminal sentences.

No punishment without a law, pt 1

The United States Court of Appeals for The Sixth Circuit, whose jurisdiction includes Michigan released a remarkable opinion that declared amendments to Michigan's Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). The opinion is remarkable because it found that some amendments to SORA were punitive and not merely administrative.

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