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City of Northglenn v. Ibarra

62 P.3d 151 (2003)

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City of Northglenn v. Ibarra

Colorado Supreme Court

62 P.3d 151 (2003)

Facts

Juliana Ibarra (defendant) provided foster care in her single-family residence. Three of Ibarra’s foster children had been victims and perpetrators of incest and thus were adjudicated delinquent children. Because of these adjudications, these three children were required to register as sex offenders. The City of Northglenn (plaintiff) passed an ordinance prohibiting unrelated, registered sex offenders from living together in residential zoning districts. By state statute, the state had an obligation to place adjudicated delinquent children in foster homes. The state was required to protect the best interests of these children by employing consistent, predictable criteria for such placements. The city charged Ibarra with violating the ordinance, and she was convicted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bender, J.)

Dissent (Coats, J.)

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