Seeboth v. Allenby, No. 12-17062 [June 18, 2015]

Seeboth v. Allenby

A prisoner’s challenge to California’s Sexually Violent Predator Act as unconstitutional on its face. “[A]bsence of a provision [in the act] setting forth a time within which to hold a trial extending the term of his commitment denies him equal protection of the laws because, under California law, other civilly committed persons have a statutory right to a recommitment trial within a specified period.” The court rejected the claim as it found that the state court conclusion that a person under this act was not similarly situated to other types of commitments, as the state has “a constitutionally sufficient reason for treating groups differently” was reasonable.