Reynolds v. U.S. is handling the issue of "Does a convicted sex offender have standing to challenge an interim rule that makes 2006’s Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) retroactive?" In 2001 Bill Joe Reynolds admitted to sodomy and was registered as a sex offender in Missouri. Six years later when Reynolds traveled to Pennsylvania, he did not register as a sex offender in the state. Reynolds was charged with federal violation of SORNA. SORNA is Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He pleaded guilty in the district court but claims the rule was "improperly instituted."
The third Circuit rejected his appeal. This was argued on October 3, 2011. The case was decided on January 23, 2012. The vote was 7-2, in favor of Reynolds. I think Bill Joe Reynolds is at fault in this case. I think when he moved states he probably was trying to escape his charge because I do not think anyone could forget they are a registered sex offender. When he moved to Pennsylvania he should have take then initiative to register himself. However, the government should make it more known that no matter what state you travel to, you must register yourself if you are a sex offender.