United State v. Goodwin, No. 12-2921 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Goodwin pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to register and update a registration as a sex offender, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which makes it a felony for a sex offender knowingly to fail to register following an interstate move, 18 U.S.C. 2250(a). He was sentenced to 27 months' imprisonment, to be followed by a life term of supervised release, subject to 10 special conditions. Goodwin claimed that the relevant SORNA provision is an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority; that the district court committed plain error by miscalculating his advisory Sentencing Guidelines range for supervised release and then imposing a sentence within that miscalculated range; and challenges four conditions of his supervised release. The Seventh Circuit affirmed his conviction, but vacated the sentence, noting erroneous calculation of the advisory Guidelines range and the imposition of special conditions without explanation by the district court.