The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) filed today a fifth lawsuit challenging in-person registration for all registrants, including those with high-risk COVID-19 factors. This lawsuit was filed against the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department which registers more than 3,200 individuals each year.
“The plaintiffs in today’s lawsuit include a 72-year-old man who suffers from hypertension as well as a 51-year-old man who suffers from chronic asthma,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Both of the plaintiffs live with, and support, individuals who also have high-risk COVID-19 factors.”
Similar to the lawsuit filed yesterday, the CA Department of Justice was named a defendant in this case. The state agency could order the San Diego County Sheriff and all other local law enforcement agencies to stop in-person registration and to use alternate methods instead.
“The Los Angeles Police Department, which registers more than 3,900 people each year, has wisely and humanely chosen to stop in-person registration and to register people instead by telephone,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein.
ACSOL continues to review reports of in-person registration requirements both in the state of California as well as the nation. Additional lawsuits are expected to be filed in the future.
Download the petition (PDF):
Group Tries to File Lawsuit Against SDPD for In-Person Sex Offender Registration Amid Pandemic [nbcsandiego.com – 3/26/20]
Janice’s Comment 3/29/20: In San Diego Superior Court, there is a “new” process for “emergency” lawsuits based on COVID-19. We attempted to use that process to file the lawsuit against the City of San Diego and that lawsuit was rejected. However, we filed the same lawsuit using a different process and it was accepted. We are still waiting to receive a case number for that lawsuit and until we get one, we can’t apply for a Temporary Restraining Order or a Preliminary Injunction. The initial rejection of the lawsuit as well as waiting for a case number have nothing to do with the subject of the lawsuit. It’s just the courts and the lawyers struggling through a transition from one process to another. I am confident that we will eventually succeed although not as quickly as we had hoped.