United States v. Comstock
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Jan 12, 2010
|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.
Plain English Summary:
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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Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner United States of America
- Brief for Respondents Graydon Earl Comstock, Jr., et al.
- Reply Brief for Petitioner United States of America
- Brief for the State of Kansas in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Cato Institute in Support of Respondents
- Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Federal Defenders in Support of Respondents