The Michigan Sexual Registry (SORA) has always been known as an over-inclusive entity. A recent ruling from the United States District Court has ruled much of the registry unenforceable until fixed. The decision rendered by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland may have a profound effect on the Michigan criminal justice system. To learn more about the impact of Judge Cleland’s decision, we spoke to several of the top criminal defense lawyers in our state.
Scott Grabel is the founder of Grabel and Associates in Lansing, Michigan. Grabel and Associates are known as the top criminal defense team in the state of Michigan. When asked about the decision, Grabel stated, “Parts of SORA was deemed unconstitutional in 2015, 2016 and 2019. With this decision, we see that the entire registry could be deemed unconstitutional in time. For now, those whose offense occurred before 2011, the entire SORA in unenforceable.”
Peter Samouris runs the “Samouris Law Firm” in East Lansing, Michigan, and is a Senior Associate at Grabel and Associates. Samouris, known as an active litigator in Ingham and Kent County, stated, “It was inevitable that Michigan would have to deal with the mess they created as to cases that predate 2011.”