The Los Angeles Superior Court has granted a demurrer in ACSOL’s challenge to an exclusion of all registrants from serving on a jury. The Court also scheduled a hearing to discuss the future of the case on August 11.
“We are gravely disappointed that the court took this action,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “By doing so, the court has made a preliminary decision that the legislature can lawfully prevent anyone convicted of a sex offense, regardless of the type of offense or how long ago it occurred from being a juror.”
In its decision, the Court acknowledged that “there is no expressly stated legislative purpose” for the exclusion. The Court went further to stated that the legislative reason provided by the Attorney General’s Office for excluding registrants was irrelevant. Finally, the Court stated that its decision was based upon identification of a “plausible reason” for the exclusion.
“Although the Court stated that it had identified a plausible reason for registrants to be excluded from jury service, the Court failed to articulate that reason,” stated Bellucci. “We are currently considering whether to appeal this decision.”
The deadline for the appeal is 30 days after either the case is dismissed by the plaintiffs or the judge makes an adverse ruling on the merits of the case.