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Appellate Division: Only One SORA Adjudication Permitted Per "Current Offense"


Appellate Advocates's client had been convicted of sex offenses in both Queens and Richmond counties.  Upon his release, separate SORA hearings were scheduled to take place in each county.  The Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders prepared one Case Summary that considered all of the client's offenses, to be used at both hearings.  After the first SORA hearing had taken place, Appellate Advocates moved to dismiss the second hearing as barred by res judicata, but the court denied the motion.  The Second Department reversed this ruling, however, holding that “only one SORA ‘disposition’ may be made per ‘Current Offense’ or group of ‘Current Offenses.”

Warren Landau and Erica Horwitz represented the client on behalf of Appellate Advocates.