District Court opinion on remand from the Eighth Circuit holding that Plaintiffs challenged conditions of confinement serve legitimate governmental objectives that are not excessive, arbitrary, purposeless, or punitive and that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that Defendants were deliberately indifferent to any specific illness or injury or that any alleged indifference caused any actual injury or harm.
Supreme Court of Illinois opinion holding that under the amended Sexually Dangerous Persons Act, it is unnecessary to make a separate express finding that the respondent is substantially probable to re-offend after finding the respondent is a sexually dangerous person.
California Court of Appeal opinion affirming denial of appellant's motion to dismiss guilty plea based on ineffective assistance, concluding that counsel was not obligated to advise appellant that a sexually violent predator (SVP) commitment was a possible consequence of his plea.
Tenth Circuit opinion affirming district court decision denying petition for writ of habeas corpus by state prisoner serving indeterminate sentence of one year to life under Colorado Sex Offenders Act.
Minnesota Supreme Court opinion reversing a judgment of the appellate court regarding a civilly committed individual's petition for reduction in custody, holding that the clear error standard of review does not allow an appellate court to reweigh evidence.
Southern District of Illinois opinion finding that systemic failures to provide adequate mental health treatment at Big Muddy River Correctional Center’s Sexually Dangerous Persons Program resulted in Plaintiffs’ detainment “without real hope of release” and deprived Plaintiffs of due process in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Supreme Court of California opinion holding that Petitioner was prejudiced by the erroneous admission of hearsay evidence in his probable cause hearing for involuntary commitment pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act.
Virginia Supreme Court opinion holding that a trial court in a SVP commitment proceeding committed harmless error when it excluded proposed evidence from a respondent where the respondent failed to cooperate with a state examiner in the proceeding.
Kansas Court of Appeals opinion reversing the dismissal of an SVP petition where expert evaluators disagreed as to whether the Appellee met the statutory criteria for commitment.
8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the dismissal of class-action litigation concerning Missouri's sex offense civil commitment program in light of Karsjens.