The California Court of Appeal issued a decision today (April 25) that increases the eligibility of registered citizens who may apply for a certificate of rehabilitation. That is, the court determined that individuals convicted of Penal Code 288(a) may apply for such a certificate.
“The court’s decision today is important to a small group of registered citizens who wish to apply for a certificate of rehabilitation,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “Unfortunately, it does not guarantee that any registered citizen will actually obtain a certificate.”
The appellate court’s decision is the result of an appeal filed by Attorney General Kamala Harris in which she contested the eligibility of a registered citizen to apply for a certificate of rehabilitation. The court’s decision was based upon the equal protection clause of the state and federal Constitutions.
The court noted in its decision that a bill is pending in the California Assembly that if passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor could impact and perhaps reverse the court’s decision. The bill, AB 1438, was passed by the Assembly on April 24 and referred to the Senate for its consideration.
More about Certificate of Rehabilitation:
https://all4consolaws.org/faq/ #9 & #10