The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) has filed an application for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Los Angeles Superior Court. If granted, the TRO would require both the Attorney General and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to temporarily stop in-person registration during the COVID-19 pandemic. The TRO application, filed yesterday, requests a hearing or a decision without a hearing on April 14.
“In-person registration continues to threaten the lives of registrants, their families, law enforcement and the public because it increases the risk of infection from COVID-19,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Doing so makes no sense because there are other ways to register individuals that do not endanger public health.”
The TRO application was filed on behalf of two registrants who live in Los Angeles County and are considered high risk due to chronic medical conditions, including asthma and hypertension. One of the registrants is homeless and is therefore required to register every month. His next registration date is May 7.
“The Los Angeles Police Department stopped in-person registration about three weeks ago,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “The department is now registering everyone by phone.”
The Attorney General’s legal representative has stated in writing that his office will oppose the TRO application although he provided no reason for that opposition. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s legal representative has not stated whether his client will oppose or support the TRO application.