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Criminal Law: Sexually Violent Predator-Civil Commitment-Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Defendant appealed his civil commitment to the Department of Mental Health as a sexually violent predator. Defendant argued that he received ineffective assistance of counsel because his attorney failed to file an answer and object to the state’s “end-of-confinement report” author and erred by presenting evidence of defendant’s prior SVP commitment proceeding. Defendant further argued ...