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IA: Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders Survives Court Challenge

A nearly six-year-old lawsuit challenging Iowa’s program for keeping sex offenders confined after they serve their prison terms has been dismissed by a federal judge in Sioux City.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett ruled against patients in the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders, or CCUSO, housed at the Mental Health Institute in Cherokee. Full Article

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  1. mike r

    The following from the judge is a BS cop out to doing his job. NO court is strictly bound by precedent if they disagree with any other court. Even SCOTUS…
    I cannot locate the exact case that states the court is not totally constrained by precedent but I believe it was in Millard or Snyder or one of the federal districts that ruled against the registry. If anyone comes across the actual citation post it…

    • E

      Wasn’t it Does v Snyder. MI 6th circuit? They petty plainly addressed the fact they were going against precedent and why. Sort of like you in your case: Actually pointing out that you are requesting the court to go against precedent and giving them all the ammo they need to defend themselves if they do.

      I don’t recall it being quite so clear in Millard. Judge Matsch, crusty old dude (he’s like 89!), just basically called a spade a spade!

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