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Smith v. Richards, No. 07-35857

In a habeas petition alleging that Petitioner sex offender's pending detainer in one state rendered invalid his civil commitment in another state, the denial of the petition is affirmed where the state court was reasonable in finding that Petitioner remained dangerous because he might serve his time but then re-offend.

Read Smith v. Richards, No. 07-35857

Appellate Information

Argued and Submitted March 13, 2009

Filed June 23, 2009


Before: William A. Fletcher, Ronald M. Gould and Richard C. Tallman, Circuit Judges.

Opinion by Judge Tallman


For Petitioner:

Allen M. Ressler, Ressler & Tesh, PLLC, Seattle, WA

For Respondent:

Gregory J. Rosen, Assistant Attorney General, Corrections Division, Olympia, WA