No. 47 MAP 2016.

164 A.3d 1189 (2017)

COMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania, Appellee, v. Jose M. MUNIZ, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

DECIDED: July 19, 2017.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Timothy Lee Clawges, Esq. , Michael Halkias, Esq. , Linda S. Hollinger, Esq. , Cumberland County Public Defender's Office, Joshua Merrill Yohe, Esq. , for Appellant.

David James Freed, Esq. , Matthew Peter Smith, Esq. , Charles John Volkert Jr., Esq. , Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, for Appellee.

William Joseph Conyngham, Esq. , Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C., for Collateral Consequences Resource Center, Amicus Curiae.

Philip Gelso, Esq. , for PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Amicus Curiae.

Jason A. Leckerman, Esq. , Ballard Spahr LLP, for Assoc. for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Assessment & Treatment Alternatives, Joseph Peters Inst., Amicus Curiae.

Aaron Joshua Marcus, Esq. , Defender Association of Philadelphia, for Defender Association of Philadelphia, Amicus Curiae.

John Jacob Hare, Esq. , Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, P.C., for Social Science Scholars, Appellant Amicus Curiae.

Kevin Francis McCarthy, Esq. , Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, for Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, Appellee Amicus Curiae.

Justice Dougherty delivers the Opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I through IV and VII, and announces the Judgment of the Court. The Opinion is joined in full by Justices Baer and Donohue, and by Justices Todd and Wecht with the exception of Parts V and VI. Justice Wecht files a concurring opinion in which Justice Todd joins. Chief Justice Saylor files a dissenting opinion.


We granted discretionary review to determine whether Pennsylvania's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 9799.10-9799.41, as applied retroactively to appellant Jose M. Muniz, is unconstitutional under the ex...

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