Briefs have been filed by both parties, in support of and in opposition to, a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). If the motion is granted, registrants in Missouri would not be required to post signs on the front door of their homes on Halloween.
Plaintiff’s reply brief was filed today as required by the court. That brief focuses on the fact that the sign mandate violates the First Amendment because it is compelled speech, required by the government and objected to by the registrant. The brief also reminds the court that registrants who post the mandated sign on the front door of their homes as well as their families could be exposed to significant danger from vigilantes on Halloween or later.
“The government’s brief in opposition to the TRO motion attempts to confuse the court by focusing on registration requirements and not the sign mandate,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The fact is that if the court grants the TRO, the plaintiff’s requirement to register will continue.”
The original lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri on October 4. The motion for TRO was filed on October 11. The government filed its brief opposing the TRO motion on October 18.
“Although the court has no deadline by which to decide the TRO motion, we expect the court to issue its decision in the next few days, before Halloween,” stated Bellucci.
Bellucci applied for admission to the Missouri federal district court and that has been granted. She is now lead counsel in the case while Missouri attorney Matt Fry remains local counsel.
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