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The Politics of Defending the Sex-Offender Registry

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch recently ruled that Colorado’s sex-offender registry violates the due-process rights of three plaintiffs, thereby amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. Boulder attorney Alison Ruttenberg, who’s kept the case going for the past four years, lauded this decision because it acknowledged that treating every person on the registry like a violent child predator was patently unfair. But she’s not surprised that Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has announced her intention to appeal the decision, especially given rumors that she’s weighing a run for Colorado governor in 2018. Full Article

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  1. AlexO

    All these positive articles and movement in the courts has my spirits up pretty high. I almost don’t care about the terrible California bill. I’m very happy to see that actual facts are finally getting out there and more and more people are starting to embrace them.

    But it always upsets me to see politicians clearly place their carrier above actually doing what’s right. And its not just for the registry. They seem to just flow with the crowd and the popular opinion rather than actually upholding the constitution and following actual facts. This is particularly appalling when they do so when it would actually harm the very people that they’re serving, such as climate change and vaccines. It doesn’t matter how many boots you lick and how popular you are: ignoring actual facts will lead to more misery in the long run for everyone.

    • TS

      Politics, all it has ever been is about politics

      A run for “guvnuh” will make this interesting. Someone should counter her arguments using empirical evidence and ask if she will make other decisions not using empirical evidence when required.

  2. It doesn't work

    My family and friends are appalled the my name and crime are still being exploited by parents for Megan’s law post sentence. Middle School classmates of my children have printed “the flyer” and taunted them with it.

    • steve

      If you’re in California I’d get Janice involved and I’d sue the school district and the families of those kids for harassment. That’s bs

  3. Eric Knight

    An aside…

    Has anyone ever seen Coffman and Nancy Grace side-by-side? They could be each other’s evil twin!

    Fun fact…Guess which one is Nancy Grace, and which one is Cynthia Coffman?

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