Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The exception to the rule

Here is an article stating that Elbridge "Skip" Griffy got a rare victory in a recent bench trial in a Douglas County sexual violent predator prosecution. As the article states, the State had sought to civilly commit Christopher J. Saemisch for treatment pursuant to the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act.

Any commitment would likely have been a life sentence, as statistics from the Secretary of SRS show that more persons have died in the program than have been released since its inception in the early 1990's. After a two-day trial (held earlier this month), Judge Michael Malone ruled that the State had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Saemisch was likely to re-offend.

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