No. 00-957.

534 U.S. 407 (2002)

122 S.Ct. 867

151 L.Ed.2d 856


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 22, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carla J. Stovall, Attorney General of Kansas, argued the cause for petitioner. With her on the briefs was Stephen R. McAllister, State Solicitor.

John C. Donham argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*

Breyer, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, and Ginsburg, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Thomas, J., joined, p. 415.

Justice Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case concerns the constitutional requirements substantively limiting the civil commitment of a dangerous sexual offender—a matter that this Court considered in Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U.S. 346 (1997). The State of Kansas argues that the Kansas Supreme Court has interpreted our decision in Hendricks in an overly...

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