Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Unadjudicated Illegal Activities

March 18, 2013 | 4:58 pm

Sex offender's words to therapist cannot be used as evidence

"A sex offender’s private communications with his psychotherapist generally may not be used as evidence to commit him to a mental institution as a sexually violent predator, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday.

In a decision written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the state high court said a trial judge erred by ordering a therapist to disclose statements made by a parolee during state-required therapy.

The therapist testified at a trial to determine whether RG, a Santa Clara County sex offender, was a violent predator who should be indefinitely confined to a state mental hospital. The therapist disclosed that G had admitted to molesting 16 children and that alcohol made it difficult for him to control his urges."

California high court upholds parolee confidentiality right

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