Questions remain about judge's ruling on Colorado's sex offender registry Denver federal judge ruled list unconstitutional By: Sep 06, Colorado Top Most Wanted Sex Offenders Colorado Top Most Wanted Sex Offenders According to the judge, the registry violated the plaintiffs' rights and represented cruel and unusual punishment because it extended punishment beyond prison or jail time and probation.
The judge also said the registry served more to punish the plaintiffs for past crimes than as a public safety measure and that it negatively affected the plaintiffs' ability to live and work, as well as put them in danger of attacks or verbal abuse.
However, according to a statement released Wednesday by Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, the ruling doesn't challenge the state's Sex Offender Registration Act, nor does it declare the entire act unconstitutional; the ruling pertains only to the case of the three plaintiffs. As of Wednesday, Sept. The third plaintiff doesn't appear because he committed his crime as a juvenile.
The three plaintiffs also are entitled to compensation and attorney fees, though the specific amounts are not available. She declined to be named or speak on camera because she said she has received death threats from people who oppose the ruling. I'm filing two new cases myself. We're waiting to see if the state appeals or asks for a stay. It'll probably take a year for my clients to be removed from the registry. Colorado has around 18, registered sex offenders, including 10, who have served their sentences.
Some observers say the current registry does not track an unknown number of unregistered offenders who pose a greater threat to the public. Still, the possibility of taking offenders off the registry is hard for some people to accept. Because of that, I have a really hard time with men. That will never leave me, and that's why I always want to know where these sex offenders are.
In some states, you get put on a registry if you urinate in public or are arrested for soliciting a prostitute. You have to look at each case individually, not treat them all the same. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.