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Civil Rights – Civil Commitment – ‘Adam Walsh’ Act – Standard Of Proof (access required)

A federal statute that authorizes civil commitment of persons who have engaged in or attempted child molestation and are found to be “sexually dangerous,” on a “clear and convincing” standard of evidence, is constitutional on its face, says the 4th Circuit, as it reverses the district court decision that required a “reasonable doubt” standard. In these ...

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