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Federal Court Rules Alabama Sex Offender Law is “Land Use Regulation” Under RLUIPA

We previously reported on the case Martin v. Houston (M.D. Alabama 2016), in which the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama considered a pastor’s religious discrimination claims involving the state...more

Getting Off of Megan’s Law Registration When the Conviction Occurred in New Jersey and the Registrant Lives in Another State –...

There is a new twist in applying for release from the burdensome requirements of Megan’s Law registration and Parole/Community Supervision for Life. When the original Megan’s Law Order is entered in New Jersey and the person...more

Time to Get Off of Megan’s Law - When Megan’s Law Notification and Parole Supervision for Life Becomes Counterproductive to...

Any person who is subject to the notification requirements of Megan’s Law and is subject to Parole Supervision for Life and/or Community Supervision for Life can tell you how difficult life becomes. It prevents or makes it...more

White Collar & Investigations: Hastert Receives 15 Month Sentence in Federal Structuring Case

In June of last year former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted for structuring and false statements to the FBI in an investigation that focused on more than $900,000 in cash...more

Religious Institutions Update: May 2016

Timely Topics - Has your nonprofit received a donation for a restricted purpose that has become impractical, impossible to achieve, wasteful or even unlawful? A donor may restrict a contribution to a charity for a...more

Alabama Sex Offender Religious Land Use Case To Proceed

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama has ruled that Ricky Martin may proceed with his religious land use and other claims against the Chilton County District Attorney Randall Houston. The Middle...more

Supreme Court Update: Evenwel V. Abbott (14-940), Nichols V. United States (15-5238) And Woods V. Etherton (15-723)

The Eight found a whole lot to agree on in their last batch of decisions, unanimously holding state voting districts drawn to equalize the total population in each district (and not the number of eligible voters) do not...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 4, 2016: - Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940: In this legislative redistricting case, certain voters brought a challenge to the redistricting in...more

Megan’s Law: How California Limits its Use for Employment Purposes

Since New Jersey led the way in 1994, many states have enacted so-called Megan’s Laws, which establish public online registries of individuals who have been convicted of a sex-based offense. California’s version of Megan’s...more

Court of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction Despite Declaratory Judgment

It is often contended that the availability of a declaratory judgment in Superior Court to determine the parties’ rights may deprive the Court of Chancery of jurisdiction to grant an equitable remedy such as an injunction....more

Post Session News

Minimum Wage Hike for Airport Workers - On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission backed a $10 an hour minimum wage for about 2,800 employees of airline subcontractors. Commission members voted 11-4 for...more

Warrantless Laptop Search Suppressed In Sixth Circuit

On May 20, 2015, the Sixth Circuit ruled that the warrantless search of a laptop exceeded the scope of a preceding private search, and was therefore unconstitutional....more

In Childhood Sexual Abuse Case, California Appellate Court Finds Church has No Duty to Prevent Its Members from Harming Each Other

In Conti v. Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, Inc. (filed 4/13/15, A136631), the California Court of Appeal, First District, reversed an award of $8 million in punitive damages, on the ground that a Jehovah’s...more

GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders Is a Fourth Amendment Search

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Another Reminder that Sex Offender Restrictions are Under Scrutiny - Forcing someone to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor her or his location is a Fourth Amendment search, the U.S. Supreme...more

Rulings Prompt California Sex Offender Residency Regulations Change

Local Municipalities’ Practices Likely to be Impacted - California prison officials have announced that they are loosening some restrictions on where sex offenders may live in response to In re Taylor, a California...more

California Supreme Court Rules Residency Restrictions are Nonpunitive

A judge can require sex offender registration for a convicted criminal defendant — even if the jury did not find that the crimes were sexual in nature, the California Supreme Court held this week. Interestingly, the Court...more

California Supreme Court: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Unconstitutional

Opinion Likely to Impact Cities’ Policies - Residency restrictions that prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park are unconstitutional, the California Supreme Court ruled this week. The...more

Ohio: Sex Offender Screening Now Required for Long Term Care Facilities

The required date for screening for sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes, licensed residential care facilities and county homes (“Homes”) has now arrived. As of September 15, 2014, these Homes are required to screen for sex...more

Who's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?

An administrator’s nightmare is receiving a phone call that an individual on the sex offender’s list has harmed a child within the school. To avoid this horrible situation, schools now regularly check the criminal...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Automatic Revocation of Certain Health Professionals' Licenses

Our reports on the oral arguments of the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court conclude this morning with Consiglio v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Consiglio involves a constitutional challenge to...more

New Ohio Sex Offender Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities

Nursing homes, residential care facilities and county homes (“Homes”) in Ohio will soon have additional requirements related to the admission of a registered sex offender. House Bill 483, the Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill...more

New Florida Statute Requires Schools To Provide Information About Sex Offenders

Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature enacted a requirement for nonpublic colleges, universities and schools. Effective July 1, 2014, all such institutions are required to inform employees and students at orientation and...more

Seller Liability for Disclosures (or Non-Disclosures), Part 2

In our blog post dated April 29, 2013, Matthew Fischer discussed the case Lerner v. DMB Realty, LLC (Arizona Court of Appeals, November 27, 2012). In that case, the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed, among other things, the...more

California Supreme Court Declines Review of Cases Invalidating Local Bans on Sex Offenders

Supreme Court Leaves Intact Court of Appeal Cases Holding That State Law Preempts Some Local Sex Offender Ordinances - Local laws regulating where sex offenders may go are likely now invalid following the California...more

2014 Brings New School Safety Laws

After seeing a flurry of school safety proposals in 2013, the year ended quietly, with only a handful of school safety bills enacted that will bring relatively modest change. Here is a summary of new school safety laws, which...more

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