United States v. Kebodeaux, No. 08-51185 (5th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant, a federal sex offender, was convicted under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of failing to update his change of address when he moved intrastate. A panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed. The panel majority rejected Defendant's argument that Congress did not have the power to criminalize Defendant's failure to register because it could not constitutionally reassert jurisdiction over his intrastate activities after his unconditional release from federal custody. The panel opinion was vacated by the Court's decision to rehear the case en banc. The Court then reversed and rendered a judgment of dismissal, holding that, under the specific and limited facts of this case, Defendant's commission of a federal crime was an insufficient basis for Congress to assert unending criminal authority over him.
This opinion or order relates to an opinion or order originally issued on February 18, 2011.