An AG and a federal judge question established theory that Sex Offender Registration is not “punishment”

Interesting news from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center: “In the past week, there were two notable developments regarding the constitutionality of state sex offender registration schemes. First, as noted by Douglas A. Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed highly significant amicus briefs in two Michigan Supreme Court cases, “arguing that… Read More

State v. Banks

Held: Defendant’s refusal to submit to a breath test was not admissible to prove intoxication. Remanded for new trial. One way or another, the government will find a way to circumvent this ruling (for example, by finding another legal basis for admissibility or by changing the law).