IML Motion to be Heard on March 30 in Oakland

A hearing will be held on March 30 during which a decision is expected by a federal judge regarding whether to grant a Preliminary Injunction that would stop implementation of all or part of the International Megan’s Law (IML). Judge Phyllis Hamilton will preside over that hearing in Courtroom 3 at the U.S. District Court, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., however, three additional matters are also on the judge’s schedule that morning. A press conference will be held immediately after the hearing.

“The IML has two basic provisions — notification and identifiers — that must be stopped before the physical safety of registrants and those with whom they travel are put at significant risk,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci.

The IML’s notification provision allows the federal government to notify foreign governments when a registrant plans to visit or move there. The identifiers provision requires the federal government to add a “conspicuous unique identifier” to registrants’ passports.

“Families will be torn apart if the IML is implemented,” stated Bellucci. “In addition, registrants will be financially harmed because they will be unable to conduct business overseas.”

Congress passed the IML on February 1 and the President signed the bill into law on February 8. A lawsuit challenging the IML was filed on February 9 and a Motion for Preliminary Injunction was filed on February 19. The federal government responded to the motion on March 4 and a reply to that response was filed on March 11. Declarations used in the case have been sealed in order to protect the identities of the plaintiffs.


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I can’t attend the hearing, but my thoughts and prayers are most certainly with Janice and crew! The money that I would have spent (airfare and car rental) to attend the hearing will be donated at the April 16th Los Angeles CARSOL meeting.
Give ’em Hell, Janice!!!

Does anyone know if they are going to stream the hearing tomorrow

Am I right in thinking that a 1 count CP charge will be considered an offense against a child for the purposes of the IML, even though the offender had no actual child victim? It’s really hard to tell from the way the law is worded. Hopefully Janice can answer this.

You will be on my mind all day tomorrow.

Good luck tomorrow Janice!!! Thank you so much for your hard work. Prayers from here!

Thank you Janice for your fight that no one else in this country has been willing to take on. May god give you the grace and presence to prevail . Thank you for standing up for us and our families. I pray for a powerful and successful outcome tomorrow that can help mend the hearts of each of us.

Good luck Janice. We sure need this to be a win.

Here is information on how to order a transcript or audio recording of March 30 initial IML hearing in Ninth District Courtroom, Oakland, CA:

US District Court, Northern California Ninth District – Clerks Offices (San Francisco and Oakland locations)

Transcripts Procedures and Requests

US District Court, Northern California Ninth District – Home Page
(Cases of Interest shown on Home Page do not include IML)