Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

United States v. Comstock

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08-1224 4th Cir. Jan 12, 2010
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May 17, 2010 7-2 Breyer OT 2009

Holding: The Court upheld, under the Commerce Clause, the law passed by Congress allowing the civil commitment of mentally ill sex offenders after the completion of their criminal sentences.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on May 17, 2010. Justice Thomas dissented, joined by Justice Scalia. Justice Kennedy concurred in the judgment only, joined by Justice Alito.

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