The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) today filed a second lawsuit challenging a city’s requirement that all registrants, including those who have high-risk COVID-19 factors, register in person. The defendant in this lawsuit is the City of San Diego. There are multiple plaintiffs in the lawsuit including ACSOL, a female registrant who suffers from chronic diseases, and additional registrants to be identified in the future.
“The City of San Diego, during this historic pandemic, is increasing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus by requiring people to register in person,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Therefore, we are asking San Diego Superior Court to issue a writ of mandamus that would stop this dangerous behavior.”
The lawsuit does not specify an alternate method that should be used by the City of San Diego to register individuals during a pandemic. However, the lawsuit notes that the City of Los Angeles has already stopped registering individuals in person and instead is allowing them to register by phone.
“It is important to note that state law does not require most registrants to register in person,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “Therefore, the actions of the City of San Diego are unlawful.”
ACSOL filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging a requirement by the City of Murrieta that all registrants register in person. That lawsuit was filed in Riverside Superior Court.
“ACSOL continues to research the registration requirements of cities and counties throughout California and the nation,” stated Bellucci. “We expect to continue filing lawsuits until no one is required to register in person during the pandemic.”