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Probate: Civil Commitment-SVP-Voir Dire

Where appellant, who was civilly committed as a sexually violent predator, argued that the trial court abused its discretion during voir dire by prohibiting him from informing the panel about the young ages of the two children involved and from inquiring about any resulting potential bias or prejudice, the court prevented the appellant from exercising his right to inquire about critical facts, and the appellant suffered prejudice due to the restriction, so the judgment is reversed and remanded.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of D.N. (MLW No. 73534/Case No. ED105998 – 11 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, James M. Dowd, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Clark County, Roberts, J. (Amy E. Lowe for appellant) (Garrick Aplin for respondent).