ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci is the featured speaker in The War Room on Tuesday, July 27 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (not 6 p.m.!). The focus of her presentation will be the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Smith v. Doe, which determined that registration is not punishment and therefore new registry laws can be applied retroactively.
“The U.S. Supreme Court made a terrible mistake when it decided the case of Smith v. Doe in 2003,” stated Bellucci. “This single decision has caused significant harm to at least one million individuals and their families including vigilante violence, homelessness, unemployment and social death.”
During oral argument in this case, attorney John Roberts (now Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) stated that sex offense registration is the same as applying for membership at Price Club. However, in one of the two dissents in this case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that the sex offense laws at issue in the case were “onerous and instructive obligations” that expose registrants to “profound humiliation and community-wide ostracism.” She also stated that the same registration laws “resemble historically common forms of punishment” that “retributively target past guilt.”
“After this terrible decision was issued, a few state supreme courts and one federal Circuit Court of Appeal have issued decisions that give us hope that Smith v. Doe may ultimately be reversed,” stated Bellucci. “My presentation will include a discussion of those cases as well as a major announcement that could educate both the public and the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Click here for more information about this meeting on the WAR website
About the WAR Room:
The WAR Room is a public service provided by Women Against Registry that provides a voice to registrants, family members and those who support them. The moderator of the WAR Room is Mike Woodall. The WAR Room is broadcast the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Tuesday of every month and the speakers following me will be Lenore Skenazy on Aug. 10, Rory Fleming on Aug. 24, and Dr. Gene Katz on Sept. 14. WAR is an advocacy group as well as an ally of ACSOL.
Click below to listen to Janice Bellucci’s portion of WAR Room #8— July 27, 2021
Click below to listen to a recording of the entire WAR Room #8 program — July 27, 2021
Janice begins at about 49:25 minutes into the recording.