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United States of America v. Chad Williams

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


October 31, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF
v.
CHAD WILLIAMS DEFENDANT

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles J. Siragusa United States District Judge

DECISION and ORDER

This case was referred by order of the undersigned, entered May 24, 2011, ECF No. 3, to Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A)-(B). On October 11, 2011, Defendant filed an omnibus motion, ECF No. 20, seeking inter alia dismissal of the indictment because he was improperly indicted under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act ("SORNA"). Following the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Reynolds v. United States, __U.S.__, 132 S. Ct. 975 (2012), Defendant filed supplemental papers in support of his application to dismiss the indictment, ECF No. 32 and ECF No. 39. On September 4, 2012, Magistrate Judge Feldman filed a Report and Recommendation ("R&R"), ECF No. 64, recommending that Defendant's motion to dismiss the Indictment because he was not subject to SORNA's registration requirements until the Final Rule by the Attorney General became effective in January 2011 be denied. Additionally, in his R&R Judge Feldman recommended that dismissal of the indictment upon the alternative grounds urged by Defendant, including the ex Post Facto clause, the Tenth Amendment, the non-delegation doctrine, and the Commerce Clause, be denied as well. In his filing of September 12, 2012, ECF No. 65, Defendant timely objected to the R&R, indicating as follows: "Mr. Williams now files this Objection to the R&R and requests that the Court reject the Magistrate Judge's recommendation and dismiss the indictment."

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), this Court must make a de novo determination of those portions of the R & R to which objections have been made. Upon a de novo review of the R & R, including a review of the April 13, 2012 hearing before Judge Feldman, the Court accepts the proposed findings and recommendation.

Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in Magistrate Judge Feldman's R&R, ECF No. 64, Defendant's application, ECF No. 20, to dismiss the indictment because he was improperly indicted under SORNA is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

ENTER: Charles J. Siragusa

20121031

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