Exposing SVORA's Secrets: The Montana Supreme Court Verdict

RM274: Exposing SVORA’s Secrets: The Montana Supreme Court Verdict

This is a deep dive into Montana v. Richard Hinman case, which was decided by the Montana Supreme Court. They discuss the background of the case, the retroactive application of the Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act (SVORA), and its constitutionality in relation to ex post facto punishment. They also emphasize the significant changes in SVORA over the years, particularly the increased burdens and restrictions placed on registrants, leading to the court’s conclusion that the law since 2007 is punitive and cannot be applied retroactively. The court’s decision highlights the substantial limitations on registrants’ liberty and privacy, ultimately determining that SVORA, as it exists today, is unconstitutional in this regard.

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[14:42] What is the impact of judicial appointments on court decisions, emphasize the need for bipartisan support in issues like qualified immunity, and highlight a recent positive change where certain amendments to federal sentencing guidelines will be applied retroactively, potentially reducing sentences for thousands of incarcerated individuals.

[26:37] The National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers applauds the US Sentencing Commission’s vote to make recent amendments to sentencing guidelines retroactive, potentially allowing for reduced sentences for thousands of currently incarcerated individuals starting in February 2024.

[35:05] State Department of Corrections releasing some PFRs from lifetime GPS tracking following Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling

[40:51] Montana v. Richard Hinman


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