RICHMOND, Va. (AP) 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.''