United States v. Holcombe, No. 16-1429 (2d Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Second Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, in violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 18 U.S.C. 2250(a). The court held that a SORNA offense begins under 3237(a) in the district that the defendant leaves, not in the district where the defendant's interstate travel ends and in which the defendant ultimately fails to register. In this case, venue was proper in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) because defendant's interstate journey began in the SDNY. The court also held that SORNA was not void for vagueness and SORNA did not violate defendant's constitutional right to travel.