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Saturday, January 19th, 2008


As the Blog has observed, see Post of 11/29/07: Have You Hugged A Sex Offender Recently?, recently sex offenders fared pretty well in the circuit. Until now. In this most recent crop of cases, sex offenders lost three out of four, and the win was in a summary order, to boot. Here they are:

1. United States v. Hawkins, No. 06-4061-cr (2d Cir. January 16, 2008) (Winter, Straub, Sotomayor, CJJ) (per curiam)

In this case, the court rejected a double-barreled challenge to 18 U.S.C. § 2423(b), which makes it a crime to travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, finding that the statute violated neither the Commerce Clause nor the First Amendment. It should be noted that there have been a few cases in other courts claiming that this statute impermissibly impinges on the constitutional right to travel interstate, but that issue remains open in this circuit.…

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