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CT High Court Mulls “Secret” Sex Offender Registry

March 18, 2010

Courant.com: Connecticut high court mulls ‘secret’ sex offender list.

Hartford, Conn.- The Connecticut Supreme Court is considering whether officials can keep private the process by which certain sex offenders get onto a non-public registry. The dispute concerns Connecticut’s “restricted” sex offender registry, available only to police and courts.

By law, sex offenders can get on the restricted list if a judge decides they are not dangerous to the public and naming them would identify their victim. The Freedom of Information Commission and Department of Public Safety disagree over whether police must disclose when, where and by whom those court decisions were made.

Justices heard arguments Thursday from attorneys for both state agencies. A reporter for the Journal Inquirer newspaper of Manchester, which first sought the information, also spoke.

The Supreme Court has not said when it expects to rule.

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