Fla. Justices Order Hearing in Sex Offender Case

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

The Florida Supreme Court has ordered a judge to hold a hearing within 60 days on a sex offender's claim he's been detained for eight years without a commitment trial.

The justices issued the order Friday in a 4-3 decision. Two
dissenting justices agreed with the hearing order but disagreed on
details.

Ronald Morel has been held in the state's civil commitment
center for sex offenders near Arcadia since completing a prison
sentence for sexual battery and rape. The crimes were committed in
Broward County.

Florida's "Jimmy Ryce" law permits the state to detain and
treat sex offenders after they've served their sentences. They can
be released only if a judge finds they no longer are a danger to
society.


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