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Lawyers Seek Man's Release From Offender Program

Created: 07/15/2014 9:42 PM KAALtv.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Attorneys for a man who was committed to Minnesota's sex offender program for crimes he committed as a child say his confinement violates his rights.
    
The man's attorneys want a federal judge to declare that he is being held unconstitutionally.
    
But attorneys for the state are asking that the court let the state process play out, to transfer him to a less restrictive setting.
    
Closing arguments were made Tuesday during a two-day hearing to determine whether the man and a woman, also in the program, are being improperly held.
    
U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank says he'll issue a decision within 30 days.
    
In 2011, a group of residents filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the program is unconstitutional because it keeps them locked up indefinitely after they complete their prison sentences.

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7/15/2014 4:48:09 PM (GMT -5:00)