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.
- Complaint – CONFORMED – Feb 2016
- Complaint – Amend 1 – CONFORMED
- PI – Motion – CONFORMED
- PI – Reply – CONFORMED
- PI – Response – 4 Mar 2016