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US v. Cooper, 13-2324

Defendant's conviction for failing to register as a sex offender as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), although he was convicted of rape and paroled prior to the enactment of SORNA, is affirmed, where: 1) under SORNA, Congress delegated to the Attorney General the authority to determine the applicability of SORNA's registration requirements to pre-SORNA sex offenders; 2) pursuant to that authority, the Attorney General issue a rule declaring that the registration requirements applied to all sex offenders, including sex offenders convicted of the offense prior to the enactment of the Act; and 3) Congress did not violate the nondelegation doctrine in delegating responsibility to the Attorney General to determine the applicability of SORNA’s registration requirements for pre-Act offenders.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/10/2014
  • Published 04/10/2014




  • United States Third Circuit


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