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Barring felons from licensure is unconstitutional, federal judge rules

A state law categorically barring felons from holding a precious metals license was unconstitutional; the law had no rational connection to its stated purpose of preventing fraud in the profession, a federal judge in Connecticut ruled September 26 (Barletta v. Rilling and The City of Norwalk).

Michael Barletta, whose Connecticut precious metals license expired in 2003, was convicted of narcotics dealing in 2006. After serving three years in prison, he applied for a precious metal dealer’s license with the office of the police chief of the city of Norwalk. However, the chief denied his application based on a state . . .

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