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VT: City won’t fight sex offender ruling

The Board of Aldermen will not challenge a superior court’s decision that strikes down a city ordinance restricting where convicted sex offenders can live in Rutland. …

Hoar’s ruling said Rutland had “not meaningfully articulated” the danger posed by sex offenders and said the city “declares plaintiffs nuisances for no discernible activity but drawing breath.”

“What the city has done here is effectively to declare an entire class of persons to be a public nuisance by simple virtue of their physical existence,” Hoar said. “Plaintiffs have been convicted and punished; the city cannot now say to them, any more then they could to any other citizen, ‘we don’t want your type in our town.’ The boldness and breadth of this assertion is virtually without precedent.” Full Article