Court Decisions by Circuit & State
Decisions below, whether state or federal, are arranged by federal circuit.
3rd Circuit (DE, NJ, PA)
State v. R.K. (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div.)
Social Media | First Amendment | Supervised Release
New Jersey appellate court finding that blanket social media ban imposed on people on supervised release was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
4th Circuit (MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
US v. Spivey (4th Cir.)
Failure to Register | Venue
4th Circuit Court of Appeals holding that venue in a federal failure to register case is proper in the district where the defendant departed from.
5th Circuit (LA, MS, TX)
In re Jones (Tex)
Civil Commitment | Jury Instructions
Texas Supreme Court opinion finding that, while it was error not to submit a jury instruction in a SVP trial informing the jury that they did not need to reach a unanimous verdict to find for the Petitioner, this error was harmless.
8th Circuit (AR, IA, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)
Selig v. Russell (Mo. Ct. App.)
Federal SORNA | Degregistration
Missouri Court of Appeals opinion finding that offenses requiring registration under federal law would also require registration under state law, even if they are specifically exempted in the state's registration statute.
State v. McCord (Mo. Ct. App.)
Housing Banishment | Void for Vagueness
Missouri Court of Appeals opinion holding that the distance measurements for Missouri's housing banishment laws are taken from property line to property line.
10th Circuit (CO, KS, NM, OK, UT, WY)
Blanke v. Board of Pardons (Utah)
Due Process | Parole
Utah Supreme Court opinion affirming that Appellant's due process rights were not violated when the parole board required him to complete a sex offender treatment program, where he was convicted of a non-sexual offense requiring registration and made statements in a presentence report indicating that sexual conduct was connected with the offense of conviction.