Tagged: ex post facto

Supreme Court Watch: 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a major year in criminal law for the South Carolina Supreme Court. Interviews in Child Sexual Abuse Cases – In January 2013, our Supreme Court decided State v. Kromah, hopefully putting to rest prosecution attempts to improperly bolster child witnesses in criminal sexual conduct cases.  Kromah is the most recent of numerous cases […]

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Update: Satellite Monitoring of Sex Offenders Requires Judicial Review — Amended Opinion Issued in State v Dykes

A prior blog post, “Satellite Monitoring of Sex Offenders Requires Judicial Review,” discussed the South Carolina Supreme Court’s opinion in State v. Dykes.  On July 24, 2013, our Supreme Court denied rehearing in Dykes and issued a revised opinion adding a new footnote.  This new footnote rejects constitutional claims not addressed in the substance of […]

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South Carolina’s Sex Offender Registry has turned into Punishment

According to the Supreme Court of the United States, the authority of the state to require sex offender registration flows from a conviction. Connecticut Dep’t of Pub. Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 84 (2003) (“the law’s requirements turn on an offender’s conviction alone”); Smith v. Doe, supra, (registration requirement and dissemination of information flows from conviction). […]

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