Lawmakers Seek Fixes For Sex-Offender List.
April 5, 2001
By Mark Pazniokas
A federal judge's declaration that Connecticut's sex-offender
registry law is unconstitutional prompted a bipartisan vow by
legislative leaders Wednesday to make any changes
necessary to keep the registry available to the public on the
Not waiting for the court to order a remedy, Democratic and
Republican Senate leaders jointly asked the legislature's
judiciary committee to research potential responses to the
ruling released Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert N.
Chatigny said the registry, authorized by a version of
Megan's Law adopted in Connecticut in 1994, denied sex
offenders the right to due process, because it provided no
mechanism for them to show they are not dangerous and
should not be listed.
Acting independently of the Senate leaders, House Speaker
Moira K. Lyons, D-Stamford, proposed amending the law to
address Chatigny's concern: She would allow sex offenders
to appeal their inclusion in the registry to a Superior Court
"This amendment gives convicted sex offenders an
opportunity to show why they do not belong on the Web
site, but leaves the burden on them to prove they are not a
danger to society," Lyons said.
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Source: CT Now