ACSOL Demands End of Halloween Signs in Arkansas County
ACSOL sent a letter today demanding that the Sheriff in Faulkner County, Arkansas, immediately end a county wide program that requires all registrants in that county to post a sign on the front door of their home on Halloween. The letter warns that if this demand is not met, all available legal remedies will be pursued.
“Courts have consistently determined that Halloween sign requirements for registrants are unconstitutional,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “That is because the signs are compelled government speech and violate the First Amendment.”
The most recent court decision regarding a Halloween sign requirement was issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year. In that lawsuit, the Sheriff of Butts County, Georgia, posted signs in front of registrants’ homes near Halloween. The Court found in its decision that the Sheriff failed to offer evidence that any of the yard signs “would accomplish the compelling purpose of protecting children from sexual abuse.”
“Because ACSOL learned of this Halloween sign requirement today, it is not possible to file a lawsuit before Halloween,” stated Bellucci. “However, a lawsuit can be filed after Halloween if any registrant, family member or occupant of a registrant’s home is harmed due to the sign requirement.”
ACSOL sent a copy of its demand letter to the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper that published an article regarding the Halloween sign requirement. In addition to ACSOL, Women Against Registry (WAR) sent letters to both the Faulkner County Sheriff and to the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper.
Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Halloween Sign Letter
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WAR National Directors
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In this trying time we want to reiterate a few things for our registrants and families. We don't want there to be any confusion or penalties concerning registry requirements during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Make sure you know current requirements. You can go to your Sheriff's Office website to see if there is new information there. If so, we suggest you do a screen print and save it. Call your registry office to get clarification on any questions you might have. Document the date, time, who you spoke with and their instructions regarding any address change, vehicle, employment, travel dates if required, etc.
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