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People v. Rotroff, No. H033527

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By FindLaw Staff on October 23, 2009 9:30 AM

Trial court's order of commitment of a defendant for an indeterminate terms that followed his waiver of a jury trial and submission upon documentary reports, plus the trial court's finding that he was a sexually violent predator within the meaning of Welfare and Institutions Code section 6604, is affirmed where: 1) defendant's due process claim is rejected as, even with the provision of an indeterminate term, the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA) as a whole continues to ensure that the duration of actual commitment under an order of commitment for an indeterminate term is consistent with constitutional due process limits; 2) defendant's equal protection claim is rejected; 3) defendant's indeterminate commitment does not violate the federal constitutional prohibitions against ex post facto laws and double jeopardy; and 4) the SVPA does not violate the federal first amendment right to petition the court for redress of grievances.     

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Filed October 22, 2009


Opinion by Judge Elia


For Appellant:  Gordon B. Scott

For Appellee:  Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Gerald A. Engler, Sr. Assistant Attorney General, Gregg Zywicke and Bridget Billeter, Deputy Attorneys General

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