A motion for preliminary injunction has been filed in the pending challenge to SORNA regulations that became effective in January 2022. The motion was filed on June 3 by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) in federal district court. The motion requests a hearing date of July 18. If that request is granted, the hearing will take place in Riverside county.
“The Pacific Legal Foundation is to be commended for filing this important motion,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “If the motion is granted, it could stop the enforcement of SORNA regulations for registrants throughout the nation.”
According to the motion, the SORNA regulations at issue are causing irreparable harm to plaintiff John Doe and to ACSOL members. For example, the regulation’s requirement that registrants provide all remote communication identifiers impermissibly burdens speech. The motion argues that the plaintiffs in the case are likely to succeed on the merits.
The original lawsuit was filed by PLF on May 23, 2022, in U.S. District Court, Central District of California. The case has been assigned to Judge Jesus Bernal who previously ruled in favor of registrants in a case challenging presence restrictions in the City of Adelanto and against registrants in a case challenging presence restrictions in the City of Ontario.