A federal judge made a wise and brave decision on Friday. She granted a TRO which temporarily prohibits the City of Murrieta from evicting a registrant, who suffers from both medical and financial challenges, from the home of his sister, the only person willing and able to care for him.
This judge’s decision is important because it is the first decision by a federal judge to limit the enforcement of residency restrictions in a California city. It can, and will, set a precedent in other cases both within and outside our state.
Another federal judge is facing an even more important decision on July 27 when she hears oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the International Megan’s Law (IML). The oral arguments that day will focus upon the government’s Motion to Dismiss the case, which is based upon two procedural grounds – lack of ripeness for the claims and lack of standing for the plaintiffs.
The same two issues – ripeness and standing – were argued before the same judge in March after the plaintiffs in the case requested injunctive relief in order to stop enforcement of the IML. The judge denied that request, in part, because the federal government had not yet determined the appearance or placement of a “conspicuous unique identifier” on the passports of several hundred thousand registrants.
Because the federal government still hasn’t revealed information regarding the passport identifiers, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that the judge will again determine that the case is not ripe and dismiss the case. It also possible, however, that the judge will consider this important issue in its historical context. That is, the United States of America has never added a conspicuous unique identifier to its citizens’ passports and the only countries that have done so are Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. This is not hyperbole. This is the truth.
The judge may or may not render her decision on July 27. Regardless of whether she renders her opinion or the decision she makes, there will be a peaceful protest in the courtyard outside the courthouse. The protest will begin immediately after the oral argument and will include banners, signs and buttons.
The biggest and most important question is whether the protest will include YOU. This protest is a unique opportunity for you and your loved ones to help restore the civil rights of hundreds of thousands of registrants and their families.
This protest is a unique opportunity to Show Up – Stand Up – Speak Up. Please join us in Oakland on July 27.
On Wednesday, July 20th KABF Radio (public affairs) and It Could Be You Hosted by Arkansas Time After Time aired live an interview with Vicki Henry, president of Women Against Registry, and Janice Bellucci, President of California RSOL to talk about the upcoming International Megan’s Law hearing and peaceful protest in Oakland, California on July 27th.
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