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Case Name: SPECHT v. PATTERSON, as warden
Date, Location, Cite: 1967 CO
386 US 605
US SUPREME COURT
Specht convicted of "indecent liberties" & sentenced to 10
years; CO sex offenders act said sex offenders were a threat to the public,
and could be held up to life, based on psychiatric evaluation- Supreme
Court said this was a violation of due process, he had a right to trial,
with attorney, right to cross-examine, appeal, etc. "sex offender
has the same rights as a defendant in murder trial"- therefore CO
law was unconstitutional.
cf. Allen v. Illinois.
- The more recent Hendricks v. Kansas finding subverts this.