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Doe v. Harris, S191948

In claim by plaintiff that his plea agreement would be violated by requiring him to comply with post-conviction amendments to California's Sex Offender Registration Act and by the amended law's public notification provisions, the Ninth Circuit's certified question is answered as follows: 1) the plea agreement will be deemed to incorporate and contemplate not only the existing law but the reserve power of the state to amend the law or enact additional laws for the public good and in pursuance of public policy; and 2) requiring the parties' compliance with changes in the law made retroactive to them does not violate the terms of the plea agreement, nor does the failure of a plea agreement to reference the possibility the law might change translate into an implied promise the defendant will be unaffected by a change in the statutory consequences attending his or her conviction.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/01/2013
  • Published 07/01/2013




  • Supreme Court of California