Montrose County, on Colorado’s Western Slope, has pulled its sex-offender list offline, reportedly because of a recent court ruling in which U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch found that such registries constituted cruel and unusual punishment in the case of three plaintiffs. The action was taken despite the fact that the ruling is specific to the complainants in question, rather than everyone on the roster, and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has announced her intention to appeal.
The news comes from the Montrose Daily Press, which reports that county sheriff Rick Dunlap made the announcement at a GOP central committee meeting last week. He’s quoted as saying that the decision was made “out of precaution” and added that he fears it’s a “matter of time” before his hand would have been forced. (Source)