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Update: Simi Valley Halloween Ordinance Law Suit

California RSOL scored two victories this week in federal district court when Judge Anderson both granted a motion to protect the identities of the plaintiffs in the Simi Valley case and denied the city’s motion to dismiss the entire case.  As a result of the motion being granted, the identities of the plaintiffs will not be revealed and they will continue to be referred to us as either John or Jane Doe.  The judge’s denial of the city’s motion to dismiss means that the challenge to the lawsuit can continue.
The next step in this case will be to request both a preliminary and a permanent injunction for the ordinance.  The temporary restraining order granted by the judge on October 29 has expired however it was in effect on Halloween this year and prohibited the city from requiring registrants to post a sign on the front door of their residence.  If the injunctions are granted, the city would be unable to enforce the ordinance on Halloween next year or on any other year.

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  1. JM

    Good News Janice! Hopefully by next year we will have some victories.

  2. USA

    This is truly great news! It’s truly disturbing to think the city was attempting to identify those who brought upon the suit/why/harass them/exploitation/scare tactics? It’s further evidence of how far a city will go when backed into a corner! I commend the Judge for making the right decision.

    • C

      Indeed, if potential plaintiffs know they will be outed by way of newspaper, radio and TV stories they will be much less likely to pursue a case. If we truly are the land of the free (BTW – that ship sailed a long time ago), all government entities, not just a clear-thinking judge would support concealing the identities of those who seek justice for themselves. Instead we have a government who put their own agenda ahead of the greater good and use Stalinist/McCarthy era tactics to silence those who stand in their way.

  3. Jason

    its sad to see that people really have no idea on the difference between a real sex offender and people that just fell into the category because some soccer moms deemed it so. I truly hope they reform this law quick fast and in a hurry because more and more people are being shunned for not even touching a child. This is a sad paranoid world we live in.

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