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Richard S. v. Carpinello, No. 08-4197

In a habeas petition seeking release from involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital, the denial of the petition is affirmed where the involuntary commitment standard in Kansas v. Crane, 534 U.S. 407 (2002), applies to insanity acquittees, but the New York courts did not unreasonably conclude that petitioner's continued involuntary confinement met the requirements of the due process clause.

Read Richard S. v. Carpinello, No. 08-4197

Appellate Information

Argued: July 9, 2009

Decided: December 15, 2009


Opinion by Judge Sessions


For Petitioner:

Arthur A. Baer, Dennis B. Feld, Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Mineola, NY

For Respondent:

Andrew M. Cuomo, Alyson J. Gill and Elaine L. Block, Office of the Attorney General, New York, NY