Court: Fla. man can't be held as sex offender
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state can't hold a Venice man in sex offender detention because he had already finished his prison sentence by the time paperwork was filed.
The court ruled on Larry Phillips' case on Thursday.
It said an individual must be in "lawful custody" when commitment proceedings are started. Phillips was in physical custody but his sentence had expired three months earlier.
Florida's "Jimmy Ryce Act" lets the state detain sex offenders even after they have completed prison if courts determine they are a danger to... read more
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