The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) filed a lawsuit today in a federal district court challenging in-person registration requirements of both the City of Fresno and the County of Fresno. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.
According to the lawsuit, the city and county’s requirement to register in person violates the due process clause of the 14th Amendment as well as the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit requests that the court permanently enjoin the city and county from requiring in-person registration until the current pandemic has ended as well as declaring that state law does not require in-person registration.
“ACSOL took an important step today by challenging in-person registration in a federal district court,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “This court now has an opportunity to protect the public, law enforcement officials and registrants from COVID-19 infection by stopping in-person registration.”
Prior to filing of this lawsuit, ACSOL filed lawsuits in four state courts challenging in-person registration requirements in three cities and two counties. ACSOL also filed a lawsuit in the California Supreme Court challenging the Attorney General’s in-person registration requirement. In the Supreme Court case, the Attorney General’s response to the lawsuit is due on May 4 and ACSOL has an opportunity to reply to that response no later than May 8.