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Sexually Dangerous Can Be Imprisoned Indefinitely: Can Politicians Be "Sexually Dangerous"?

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A Supreme Court decision on Monday stated that federal official could hold people who are considered "sexually dangerous" indefinitely even if their prison terms have been served completely.

The idea of keeping sexually dangerous people off the streets is not a bad one until you think of the enforcement mechanisms. Who gets to decide who is sexually dangerous and who is it? Aren't these the same people who go to work with politicians who themselves have committed sex crimes?

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion:

"The statute is a 'necessary and proper' means of exercising the federal authority that permits Congress to create federal criminal laws, to punish their violation, to imprison violators, to provide appropriately for those imprisoned and to maintain the security of those who are not imprisoned by who may be affected by the federal imprisonment of others."

Justice Clarence Thomas dissented (not because he found indefinite detention to be a violation of one's civil liberties but because he found it to be a violation of state's rights):

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