MONDAY'S 5-4 DECISION by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding Kansas's sexual-predator law certainly strengthened the legal standing of two Minnesota laws that have resulted in the commitment of 109 sex offenders to state mental hospitals after their prison terms have expired. States may lock these individuals up because the confinement is defined as medical treatment, the court agreed. But local defense attorneys claim that aspects of the Minnesota laws--provisions dealing with length of confinement and whether sex offenders can control their actions--are unresolved and need to be determined on their own merits by the... More >>>