A federal Judge in Tennessee has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a law scheduled to go into effect tomorrow from being enforced.
The law would have prevented a parent from living with or having unsupervised access to their own children if they have ever committed a sex offense.
Three registrants immediately sued and were granted a TRO. The order can be found here:
A hearing, determining whether the temporary restraining order will turn into a permanent restraining order will take place on July 11th. Based on the judge’s opinion, it’s likely he will grant it.
It pays to fight back!!!
This is such a blessing and relief for the families affected. Looking forward to 7/11.
Bullies will continue to bully as long as they can get away with it. They do not stop until others start standing up to them.
I’ve been making this exact point for about 2 years now in my “treatment” group. Whether by legislators or courts and their POs, laws and rules applicable only to registrants is nothing more than state sponsored bullying.
Vigilantism takes different forms. In the case of politicians I refer to it as Legislative Vigilantism. The pen is as deadly as the gun, knife, or club for those who wish to harm others under the self righteous facade of providing for the public good.
So the new law put children in danger. How ironic.
Other sex registration laws also endanger children. But Judge Campbell identified specific threats to specific children that emanated from this law. More rulings like this please.
I am convinced that the proponents of such laws don’t actually care about children very much. They just hate former sexual deviants.
Bravo! Thank you Judge. Thank you for a common sense and constitutional decision. Thank you to FAC as well for always encouraging us to get involved and stand firm and speak up as we help encourage and educate those around us. In my opinion it will not be the politicians who make the difference (although we need to educate and make our phone calls to them) but the Judges who will reform and eventually abolish the registry. If a judge will judge and decide cases presented before them constitutionally there is where our hope is. There is no common sense other than seeing the reality that the registry is punishment to those of us on it as well as to our families and those who love us and support us.
The judge ALSO granted a protective order allowing the plaintiff’s to proceed anonymously
Even more necessary in this case than in other challenges, because it specifically concerns CHILDREN of former offenders.
TN, is a beautiful state I have always wanted to live in. But it seems they are trying to beat Florida as one of the worst places to live for any registrant of any kind. I’m hoping one day that will not be the case. Good for this Judge for standing up and possibly doing what’s right.
I’ll say it again the only thing that gets there attention is sue . Nothing else matters to law enforcement.