Mesa County looks at the impact of sex-offender ruling

Author: Gabrielle Porter, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - October 2, 2017 - Updated: October 1, 2017

Denver federal courtU.S. District Judge Richard Matsch in Denver has found the state’s sex offender law unconstitutional. (AP file photo)

A recent ruling from a federal judge that Colorado’s sex offender registry violated the constitutional rights of three sex offenders has prompted swift reactions across the state, but it’s still not clear whether or when it will affect Mesa County cases.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman intends to appeal the decision.

Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap decided to pull down the registry maintained on his office’s website — although, according to Undersheriff Adam Murdie, the county is still providing registry data to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said it’s notable that attorneys representing the three plaintiffs didn’t challenge the constitutionality of the sex offender registry act as a whole — just as it applied to the three “very sympathetic” defendants.

“We were glad that there was no question that it is not unconstitutional on its face,” Rubinstein said. “Essentially what Judge Matsch was saying in this is, the three individuals who challenged this had such a mitigated situation that there was really no ability for them to come forward and say they’ve been fully rehabilitated.”

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Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.