Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Court: NY Wrongly Confined Sex Criminals

Newsday AP Story

"November 21, 2006, 3:01 PM ESTALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's highest court ruled Tuesday that the state wrongly confined convicted sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after their prison sentences ended. In its 7-0 ruling, the Court of Appeals sent the cases of 12 men who had been held without hearings as psychiatric patients back to a lower court to quickly determine if each poses a danger to the public. "We do not propose that these petitioners be released, nor do we propose to trump the interests of public safety. Rather, we recognize that a need for continued hospitalization may well exist," Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote in the high court's opinion. "

What frightens me is the continual eroding of our civil rights as ordinary citizens...under the Bush Administration fighting terrorists justifies trampling our "constitutional" privacy and government sticking it's nose in our private affairs.....the end justify the means sort of thinking. Nobody wants convicted sex offenders roaming their neighborhoods...but you can't just arbitrarily hold people because you feel like it..for whatever the reason. You need laws and proceedures set in place to deal with this issue.

"Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer, who argued the state's case as attorney general, said the ruling "clearly demonstrates" the need for a law allowing civil confinement in such cases. "

Amen and Amen..............Elizabeth B 's(Capitol Confidential) Pataki To Call Special Session and Azi Paybarah's(The Politicker) Pataki and the Court
round things out......................andy

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