The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) filed a third lawsuit today challenging a city’s requirement that all registrants, including those with high risk COVID-19 factors, register in person. The defendant in the lawsuit is the City of Sacramento and the lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court.
Today’s lawsuit alleges that the requirement to register in person during a pandemic and in contravention of state and local orders, is an abuse of discretion and therefore unlawful. The lawsuit requests that the court issue a writ of mandamus that requires the City of Sacramento to adopt an alternative method for registration.
“The City of Sacramento is placing the public at great risk by requiring all registrants, including those with high risk COVID-19 factors, to register in person,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “Every registrant who becomes infected during registration could infect several more people, including the law enforcement officials who register them.”
Although the lawsuit does not demand a specific alternate method for registration, it highlights the fact that the Los Angeles Police Department has successfully stopped in-person registration and replaced it with telephonic registration. The City of Los Angeles has more than 3,900 registrants as compared to only 1,800 registrants in the City of Sacramento.
“ACSOL will continue to identify cities and counties that require in-person registration and challenge their dangerous acts in court,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.