Richard DeAtley reported over the weekend that “a key 2006 Jessica’s Law section allowing open-ended state mental hospital placement for sexually violent predators is constitutional, but defendants who fought re-commitment as the law took effect deserve a court hearing, appellate judges ruled.”
The ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal “was on five consolidated cases from Riverside County. It was a certified opinion, meaning it has effect throughout the state. The case, argued for the prosecution by the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, can be appealed to the state Supreme Court.”
In September 2006, appellate justices upheld the constitutionality of the indeterminate commitment authorized by Prop. 83, known as Jessica’s Law.
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