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Jan 28, 2010 2:20 PM

High court wants more proof for Jessica's Law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Supreme Court wants the government to show more proof that confining sexually violent predators indefinitely is constitutional.

The high court on Thursday took up one of several legal challenges to the state's so-called Jessica's Law, which allows authorities to confine sexual predators indefinitely and bans them from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park once released.

The justices ordered the state to better argue why sexually violent predators can be treated differently than other violent felons, who may only be held for definite terms in mental health facilities after prison.

They were careful to say there's still a chance to prove that indefinite confinement is legal by showing sexually violent predators are more dangerous than other felons.

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