H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Feb 8, 2013 1:52 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

District attorney taking Tibor Karsai petition to California Supreme Court after denial

A Sacramento court of appeal on Thursday denied Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley's petition to prevent the release of a sexually-violent predator into the county.

According to Dudley, the Court of Appeal for the Third District denied the Writ of Mandate, concluding in its 21-page opinion that "There is nothing in the SVPA (Sexually Violent Predator Act) that precludes a court from ordering the conditional release of a person committed as an SVP (Sexually Violent Predator) even though no fixed residence has been located for the person before his release."

Dudley said in a news release that her office will now file a second petition for review to the California Supreme Court in a final attempt to keep convicted rapist Tibor Karsai from being released as a transient into Santa Barbara County. Dudley will also once again file a stay in an attempt to stop Karsai's release while the issue is pending before the state Supreme Court.

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