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By Burt Rose

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In Commonwealth v. Perez, 2014 WL 3339161 (Pa.Super. July 09, 2014), a panel of the Superior Court (Judge Mundy wrote the Opinion) held that the retroactive application of SORNA to this Appellant (which changed his term of registration from 10 years-–the term in place at the time of the crime–to 25 years under ML4) did not violate the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Federal Constitution as the law was not punitive. Please note however that this Appellant failed to argue that the Pennsylvania Constitution provided higher protection.

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