United States v. Comstock
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Jan 12, 2010
|May 17, 2010||7-2||Breyer||OT 2009|
Holding: The Court upheld, under the Commerce Clause, the law passed by Congress allowing the civil commitment of mentally ill sex offenders after the completion of their criminal sentences.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on May 17, 2010. Justice Thomas dissented, joined by Justice Scalia. Justice Kennedy concurred in the judgment only, joined by Justice Alito.
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Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner United States of America
- Brief for Respondents Graydon Earl Comstock, Jr., et al.
- Reply Brief for Petitioner United States of America
- Brief for the State of Kansas in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the Cato Institute in Support of Respondents
- Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Federal Defenders in Support of Respondents