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The lawyer for former Governor George Pataki told a jury on Tuesday that the due process rights of six sex offenders were not violated when, on the brink of their release from prison, they were civilly committed to a psychiatric institution without notice or hearings. Abbe Lowell, Pataki's partner at Chadbourne & Parke, told an eight-person jury before Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff that Pataki was responding to a crisis when he launched the Sexual Violent Predator Initiative in 2005, and that he had no intention to harm the prisoners and hadn't "acted maliciously or with reckless disregard for the law."

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