Sex Offenders and the Supreme Court

By David Schoetz

May 17, 2010 11:10pm

A big Supreme Court ruling today… In a 7-2 decision, the justices declared that a federal law allowing federal prisoners deemed "sexually dangerous" to be held even after they have served out their original sentences is constitutional. The Court said Congress does have the power to keep such dangerous offenders out of society indefinitely. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, arguing that Congress went too far, and nothing in the Constitution permits this kind of extended confinement. So tonight, we ask you: Did the Supreme Court get it right? Or is this just another expansion of federal power? Tell us what you think. Embedded below is a report from "World News" about this and another ruling by the Supreme Court today, that one regarding how juvenile criminals can and cannot be punished.

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