Judge overturns Vermont town’s residency restrictions

Another town has seen its sex offender residency restriction struck down in court. A judge has declared the restriction in Rutland, Vermont unconstitutional. The judge, Samuel Hoar, Jr., had strong words about the town’s ordinance.

“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 wrote in a 13-page decision issued December 8. “Plaintiffs have been convicted and punished; the city cannot now say to them, anymore than 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.”

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