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Criminal – ‘Sexually Dangerous Person’ – Civil Commitment – Commerce Clause (access required)

As the first appellate court in the nation to consider Congressional authority to enact 18 U.S.C. § 4248, which purports to allow the federal government to place in indefinite civil commitment “sexually dangerous” persons, the 4th Circuit says the statute exceeds the limit of congressional power and intrudes on the powers reserved to the state. This ...

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