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ACSOL Joins Pacific Legal Foundation in Challenge to SORNA Regulations

Source: ACSOL

The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) to challenge the federal SORNA regulations that became effective in January 2022.  As a signatory to the MOU, ACSOL has agreed to serve as a named plaintiff in the lawsuit which will be filed in the Central district of California, a federal trial court.  The remaining plaintiff is a registrant who resides in California and will be known as “John Doe.”

The lawsuit will include a request for preliminary injunction which, if granted by the court, would stop enforcement of the SORNA regulations.  The lawsuit will also request a final judgment declaring the SORNA regulations to be invalid.  PLF will lead the litigation and will pay all legal fees as well as all related expenses.  

PLF is a nonprofit, public interest law foundation established to advance the principles of limited government and individual rights.  The organization has won 14 of the 16 cases filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on a variety of topics.  PLF has more than 80 attorneys and support staff nationwide.  In the year 2020, PLF managed 117 active cases.

“ACSOL is pleased to partner with PLF in challenging the federal SORNA regulations that took effect earlier this year,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  

According to the MOU, the anticipated lawsuit will argue that the SORNA regulations are an exercise of an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority, conflicts with relevant statutes and violates both the First Amendment as well as the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause.  It is anticipated that the lawsuit will be filed in May 2022.

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