In Re Commitment of Fisher, 04-0112
A commitment proceeding under the Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Act is civil and, therefore, due process does not require a defendant be competent to stand trial.
- Argued 11/30/2004
- Decided 05/20/2005
- Published 05/23/2005
Chief Justice JEFFERSON delivered the opinion of the Court.
Ryan D. Clinton, Asst. Solicitor Gen., Greg Abbott, Atty. Gen., Barry Ross McBee, Edward D. Burbach, and Rafael Edward Cruz, Austin, for State., Autumn Lewis, Huntsville, for Amicus Curiae Special Prosecution Unit.
Kenneth W. Balusek, Daniel E. Maeso, Nelda F. Williams, State Counsel for Offenders, and Kim B. Vernon, Division Director, Huntsville, for Respondent.