Archive for September 24, 2009

Sexting Teen Put on Sex Offender Registry

September 24, 2009 Comments off : Sexting teen ends up on sex offender registry.

The Iowa Supreme Court has sent a strong message about “sexting” in the most recent ruling stemming from a 2005 case involving 18-year-old male XXX.

The girl receiving the pictures was 14 years old. XXX’s attorney appealed a jury verdict to the Iowa Supreme Court, and the court agreed that the pictures involved obscenity and upheld the decision. XXX received probation. “But he also has to register as a sex offender — and [he] may be on that sex offender registry for a lifetime,” Pat Trueman, special counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, adds.

The court concluded that even though the girl asked for the pictures, XXX still had a legal obligation not to send them.

Is SORNA Going to the U.S. Supreme Court?

September 24, 2009 Comments off : Is SORNA Going to the U.S. Supreme Court?

SCOTUSblog’s recent Petitions to Watch post, which lists cases that might be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, includes a case raising constitutional issues with SORNA. The case, which we previously blogged about, is from the Seventh Circuit with an opinion by Judge Posner. You may view the opinion here and the petition for writ of certiorari here.

This case involves the Ex Post Facto retroactive application of SORNA as it relates to inter-state travel and failure to register of persons whose underlying offense and interstate travel both predated enactment of the statute.