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US v. Whaley, 08-10951

Defendant's conviction for failure to register in accordance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) is affirmed where SORNA does not exceed Congress's powers under the Commerce Clause because it forbids sex offenders from using the channels of interstate commerce to evade their registration requirements.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/21/2009
  • Published 07/21/2009


  • BENAVIDES, Circuit Judge:, Before JOLLY, SMITH and BENAVIDES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Richard A. Friedman (argued), U.S. Dept. of Justice, Crim. Div., Washington, DC, Steven M. Sucsy, Asst. U.S. Atty., Lubbock, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellee., Jason Douglas Hawkins (argued), Dallas, TX, for Defendant-Appellant.