Should sex offenders be held past their confinement date?
Thursday, May 5, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Six days before Graydon Comstock’s completion of his 37-month sentence for possession of child pornography, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales certified that Mr. Comstock was a sexually dangerous person. The law that Attorney General Gonzales invoked was ruled unconstitutional by lower courts on the grounds that it exceeded Congress’ constitutional authority. Argued in January 2010 by Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the United States’ position was that the “necessary and proper” clause gave Congress the power to enact the law.
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Join American Military University and our esteemed panel as they analyze the groundbreaking U.S. vs Comstock case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government has authority under the Necessary and Proper Clause to require the civil commitment of individuals already in Federal custody.
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