A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the sex-offender registry in Colorado has violated the constitutional rights of three sex offenders as it makes them a target of cruel punishment from the public.
In his 42-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch said the Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment as well as the due-process rights that the 14th Amendment guarantees.
Sex offenders’ photos, addresses and other identifying are accessible on a website that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation maintains.
“The effect of publication of the information required to be provided by registration is to expose the registrants to punishments inflicted not by the state but by their fellow citizens,” Matsch said.
Three registered sex offenders – Arturo Vegas, Eugene Knight and David Millard – filed a lawsuit in 2013 against Colorado Bureau of Investigation director Michael Rankin in the Denver U.S. District Court.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office has yet to make a decision whether it would appeal the district court’s ruling in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Dailywire reports:
The rights of sex offenders have supplanted the rights of citizens to keep their families safe in Colorado, where a federal court judge in Denver ruled the state’s sex offender registry is an unconstitutional violation of “cruel and unusual punishment.”