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Adelanto sued over sex offender residency rules

A federal lawsuit challenges the city’s residency restrictions for registered sex offenders, concluding that the local ordinance’s exclusion zones “cover virtually all residential property within the city” and are more stringent than rules by similar municipalities.

Filed Dec. 8 in U.S. District Court by Sacramento-based attorney Janice Bellucci, the lawsuit claims Adelanto’s local law violates the 14th Amendment, which ensures due process and equal protection of law, and is unconstitutionally vague. Full Article

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  1. mike r iscensored

    hey can you or someone please supply with me with every municipality that still has these restrictions here in cali?? I really need the city’s name and exact code # to include in my motion..thanks

    • Eric Knight

      A couple of years ago I had prepared a list of all the cities that Janice had sued for a PowerPoint presentation, but have since lost track myself. I think it would be an excellent resource myself. Imagine every case that CA RSOL / ACSOL had been involved with, including all court PDF’s, posted on this site. It would be an inspiration and template for lawyers and other legal professionals for how to handle such lawsuits all over the country!

      It should also be noted that CA RSOL / ACSOL has the unique designation of having cases in all four California Circuit federal courts at the same time. The only case that has been lost so far is the IML case where the passport scarlet letter code was designated to be included for all registrants, but that was a preemptive strike that is much harder to prevent than a situation with actual damages. Now it will take individuals whom were actually harmed by the scarlet letter that will render a future challenge easier to win, a sad but unavoidable consequence.

      • American Detained in America

        Unfortunately, not many, if any, are anxious to be the sacrificial lambs on this one.

        • David

          I’ll do it! “Uniquely identify” my passport. I’ll gladly be the plaintiff in a lawsuit against these fascist bastards!
          Let’s “Make America great again” by honoring the words and intent of our United States Constitution!

      • Timmr

        I think the thousands made homeless and conseqently many probation and parole officers, not to mention the CASOMB coming out against the residency restriction has much to do with the success of these lawsuits.
        The case against IML will be boosted if a comparable societal disruption is shown, and some in authority itself document that adverse consequenses. Unfortunately, almost no decision maker cares if we lose out on a vacation or business oportunity due to travel regulations. There might be a few who hopefully have sons or daughters, parents or close friends affected by IML and see things differently.

        • Kara

          What I don’t understand is how people can’t see that societal disruption is inherent. Why do people seem to think that these rules only effect some random, nameless, faceless person who really deserves it? All of these things ripple outward, ultimately effecting everybody in more or less direct ways. Just look at it fiscally: from the Politicians piling on the glut of new rules, all of the new necessary enforcement measures, manpower, work hours, hassle for employers, lost revenue, lost taxes, etc. etc.. I cannot help but think that harassment is unbelievably expensive.

  2. Joe123

    Beautifully worded: “The ordinance’s restrictions are an ‘arbitrary, politically motivated act imposed by a local government in response to popular sentiments,’ the lawsuit reads, ‘based upon misinformation, which seeks retribution against Registrants who constitute a socially outcast minority.’ ”

    Now if only the same argument can be said about IML…

  3. J

    Sounds like the Perfect Grounds for a Lawsuit to me.

  4. mike r iscensored

    can you please post a link to the brief??? thanks

  5. Brubaker

    Excellent. Hello everybody.!
    And all registered should be enjoined in lawsuit as the exclusion pretty much effects a majority registered.
    City council take the time to read the Constitution at your lunch break.
    Amazing.

    • J

      You know how perfect people think. They make their own rules and Fk the Constitution.( Not anymore folks, meet the ACSOL and have a crappy day!)

  6. USA

    First, who on earth lives in Adelanto? This is in the middle of the desert? Yet, we have people just wanting to live a peaceful life!

    • New Person

      Isn’t this akin to all those small towns in Texas, believing they can supersede state law?

      • Kara

        I don’t have any sort of personal experience with these types of laws. Is this a situation where parents would be forced to either send a registrant child away to be homeless or sell their home and move? Would a family have to pull the kids out of school and relocate? With all of the things that our family has gone through, I still can’t imagine a forced frogmarch out of town.

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