Supreme Court Moot

October 29, 2009Duke Law News

November 18, 2009
12:15-1:15 PM
Room 3041
Duke Law School

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United States v. Comstock is the first case that the Roberts Court will decide concerning the scope of Congress's powers in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. The primary issue in the case concerns the federal government's practice of keeping convicted sex offenders in federal prisons after they have completed their sentences on the ground that they remain “sexually dangerous.” The question presented is not whether this practice violates any individual constitutional rights of sex offenders, but whether the practice falls within Congress’s enumerated powers.

PANEL OF JUDGES
David F. Levi
Dean and Professor of Law
Duke Law School

Donald B. Ayer
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Duke Law School
and
Partner
Jones Day
Washington, DC

Sara S. Beale
Charles L.B. Lowndes Professor of Law
Duke Law School

Neil S. Siegel
Co-Director, Program in Public Law
Professor of Law and Political Science
Duke Law School

Ernest A. Young
Alston & Bird Professor of Law
Duke Law School

COUNSEL FOR RESPONDENTS
G. Alan DuBois
Senior Assistant Public Defender
Eastern District of North Carolina

Read more about the case here in the SCOTUSblog case files.

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