Pataki cleared in lawsuit by sex offenders
Former Gov. George Pataki did not violate the rights of six convicted sex offenders who were involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals after completing their prison sentences, a federal jury ruled Wednesday.
The three-term governor enacted an initiative in 2005 that required those convicted of violent sexual crimes to pass psychiatric evaluations near the end of their prison terms. The state Court of Appeals ended the program a year later, ruling that the sex offenders were entitled to due process before being sent to mental institutions, where some remained for years after the court ruling.
The six plaintiffs sued Pataki and three other state officials, arguing that they wrongfully deprived of their freedom.