December 6, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 6, 2010, theUS Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled unanimously that a federal law allowing indefinite detention of mentally ill sex offenders was constitutional. On remand from the US Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit found that theAdam Walsh Child Protection and Safety ...[read more]
September 12, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 12, 2007, the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina struck down a federal law allowing prison officials to indefinitely commit sex offenders to mental hospitals upon presentation of "clear and convincing evidence" that the person is "sexually dangerous" was ...[read more]
January 8, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 8, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the constitutionality of provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which allows a person deemed "sexually dangerous" to be indefinitely civilly committed after the expiration of a federal criminal ...[read more]
December 8, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled unanimously Monday that a federal law allowing for the indefinite detention of mentally ill sex offenders is constitutional. On remand from the Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit found that the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which ...[read more]
September 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 12, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that a section of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, allowing prosecutors to request that a sex offender be committed to a mental hospital upon "clear and convincing ...[read more]
January 12, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In United States v. Comstock, the Court heard arguments on whether Congress had the authority to enact certain provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which allow a person deemed sexually dangerous t... ...[read more]
January 9, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
A three judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Friday upheld the constitutionality of provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which allow a person deemed sexually dangerous to be civilly committed after the expiration of a federal crimina... ...[read more]
January 8, 2010
by Ingrid Burke
United States of America v. Volungus, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, January 8, 2010 .Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on the Adam Walsh Act... ...[read more]
January 9, 2009
by Tarah Park
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday ruled that Congress acted beyond its authority when it enacted a law that allows indefinite federal civil commitment of sexually dangerous offenders beyond the end of their sentences. The indefinite civil c... ...[read more]
September 13, 2007
by Joshua Pantesco
A federal law allowing prison officials to indefinitely commit sex offenders to a mental hospital following their prison term is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, effectively freeing five convicted sex offenders pending the government's filing of a motion to stay the order. Seni... ...[read more]

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