The U.S. Supreme Court’s requirement that civil commitment candidates must show they have a mental condition that makes it difficult to control their dangerous behavior applies to insanity acquitees as well, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

The circuit said a lower court erred in finding that the law on civil commitment for sexually violent acts set by the high court does not apply to criminal defendants who have been adjudicated not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

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