Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) may not require individuals to register as sex offenders in Maryland, when the State of Maryland has imposed no such requirement.

Posted by Thomas Brown | Jul 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

On June 30, 2014, the Court of Appeals of Maryland held that offenders who are not required to register as sex offenders by the state of Maryland cannot be required by federal law to do so. Like the courts of several other states, including Ohio, Maine, and Indiana, Maryland's highest court found SORNA's retroactive registration requirement unconstitutional. “Marylanders, like Hoosiers, enjoy greater protection under the prohibition on ex post facto laws of the Maryland Declaration of Rights” than the federal government allows.

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