Court strikes down sex offender lawPerhaps every one of these sex offenders deserved long prison sentences - perhaps they deserved to be locked up and the keys thrown away - but it's not up to the federal government (despite what Emperor Barack Obama might think his place in our system is) to decide such matters.
By Larry O'Dell, Associated Press Writer
Richmond, Va. (AP) -- An appeals court has ruled that the federal government cannot hold sex offenders in custody beyond the end of their prison sentences.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond unanimously struck down the federal civil commitment law Thursday. The court ruled that the law intrudes on police powers that the Constitution reserves for the states. The 4th Circuit is the first federal appeals court to rule on the issue.
The decision upholds a ruling by U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in Raleigh, N.C. The law was challenged by four federal inmates who remained in custody after their prison terms ended because the government considered them "sexually dangerous." [link]
Here's to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Again.