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Criminal – SVPA – Civil Commitment – Substantial Compliance (access required)

Although the first psychologist who evaluated appellant as a “sexually violent predator” did not satisfy the “treatment” criteria of Va. Code § 37.2-904, the commonwealth promptly substituted a qualified professional for another evaluation and an amended petition and it “substantially complied” with the Sexually Violent Predator Act; the Supreme Court says the trial court ...

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