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Plaintiff was convicted of nonforcible oral copulation by an adult over twenty-one years with a person under sixteen years of age in violation of Cal. Penal Code 288a(b)(2). Plaintiff’s conviction resulted in mandatory sex offender registration under Cal. Penal Code 290. The Supreme Court subsequently issued its decision in People v. Hofsheier, which found an equal protection violation in section 290’s mandatory registration provision for a different subdivision of section 288a. Citing Hofsheier and its progeny, Plaintiff filed a petition for a writ of mandate in the superior court seeking his removal from the sex offender registry and relief from future registration obligations. The superior court denied the petition in reliance on People v. Manchel, a case that had rejected a Hofsheier claim by a defendant convicted of the same felony oral copulation offense at issue in this case. The Court of Appeal reversed, concluding that section 290’s registration requirement violated Plaintiff’s equal protection rights. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that Hofsheier’s constitutional analysis was faulty and therefore, Hofsheier is overruled.