Monday, May 20, 2002

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding the constitutionality of states posting the names of convicted sex offenders on the Internet.

The case is on appeal from a lower court federal ruling which found the state of Connecticut had "deprived sex offenders of their rights to due process under the Constitution because they did not have an opportunity to show they were no longer a danger to the community."

"'It fails to accommodate the constitutional rights of persons formerly convicted of a wide range of sexual offenses who are branded as likely to be currently dangerous offenders irrespective of whether or not they are,'" it said.

I find this story to be of some relevance to the crisis in the Church insofar it seems to suggest that sex offenders aren't always a danger to repeat their conduct. Good news for Cardinal Law?

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