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Constitutional Law Keyed to Feldman
United States v. Comstock
Citation:560 U.S. 126, 130 S. Ct. 1949 (2010)
The federal government enacted a statute that allows federal district courts to order the civil commitment of mentally ill, sexually dangerous federal prisoners beyond the dates they would otherwise be released. The Court at issue tries to find whether Congress has the authority under the Necessary and Proper Clause to enact such a statute or whether doing so falls beyond the reach of a government of enumerated powers.
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