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Criminal Practice – Civil Commitment – Overturned – Obscene Phone Calls & Threats – None Since 2003 (access required)

U.S. v. Francis A man with an extensive history of making obscene phone calls threatening women with sexual violence, but who has not made such a call since 2003, will not be civilly committed as a sexually dangerous individual under 18 U.S.C. § 4248; the 4th Circuit rejects the government’s claim that the district court made an “abstract determination” that the man was unlikely to commit new offenses of a sexually violent nature.

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