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Minnesota sex ofender program is constitutional

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MINNEAPOLIS • Minnesota’s program for keeping sex ofenders confined after they complete their prison sentences is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, reversing a lower-court judge who said it violates offenders’ rights because hardly anyone is ever released. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the state, which argued that the program is both constitutional and necessary to protect citizens from dangerous sexual predators who would otherwise go free. The appeals court sent the case back to the lower court. Seven ofenders are currently free on provisional releases from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, and only one has been permanently discharged, even though the program is more than 20 years old. That led U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank in 2015 to declare the program unconstitutional and order changes to make it easier for people to get on a pathway for release. As of Tuesday, 721 people were being held under the program. The appeals court ruled that Frank erred in finding the program uncon-

stitutional, saying he held the state to an overly high standard when he declared the program shocked the conscience. The panel concluded that the plaintifs failed to demonstrate that any of the state’s actions or shortcomings in the program “were egregious, malicious, or sadistic as is necessary to meet the conscience-shocking standard.” Dan Gustafson, lead attorney for the plaintifs in the class-action lawsuit, said they’re “really disappointed” and are considering an appeal to either the full 8th Circuit or to the U.S. Supreme Court. He said Frank’s ruling had given them some hope that they weren’t just being “warehoused.” The Minnesota case has been closely watched by lawyers, government officials and activists in the 20 states with similar programs. While civilly committed offenders in California, Wisconsin, New Jersey and other states are allowed to re-enter society after completing treatment, Minnesota has the highest per capita lockup rate, and its courts didn’t order the unconditional release of anyone from its program until August. Eric Janus, a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul and an expert on the program, said it appears the

PEOPLE Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News for NBC Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star who’s had a contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, said Tuesday that she’s leaving the network for NBC News, where she will host a daytime talk show, a weekend newsmagazine and contribute to breaking news coverage. NBC News made the announcement Tuesday, ending months of speculation over whether she would re-up with Fox or start a new chapter in her career. Her contract with Fox expires this summer. It was initially unclear when she would leave the Fox airwaves and appear on NBC. Kelly’s departure deprives Fox News of its second-mostwatched host, behind only Bill O’Reilly, and a hole at 9 p.m. in its prime-time lineup. “While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge,” Kelly said in a message on Twitter on Tuesday. Kelly became one of Fox’s hottest properties and a lashpoint in the presidential campaign after Trump objected to her questioning in the irst Republican presidential debate a year and a half ago. He tweeted angry messages about her and boycotted another Fox debate after the network refused to replace her as one of the debate moderators. She also became a central igure in the downfall of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, telling in-house investigators of inappropriate conduct by Ailes that supported women who had made similar accusations. Details about Kelly’s new jobs at NBC will be revealed in upcoming months, said Andrew Lack, chairman of the NBC Universal News Group. Scarborough says he did not attend Trump’s party • MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says he was at President-elect Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida during a New Year’s Eve party to talk to Trump, but didn’t attend the festivities. The former Republican congressman battled reporters over the weekend on Twitter who said he attended the party. A photo shows him standing with Trump near revelers. Scarborough said Tuesday

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on “Morning Joe” that he talked to Trump for about 15 minutes, but “away from the party.” He said in a tweet Sunday that the photo was taken at a spot the U.S. Secret Service directed him to ahead of his meeting with Trump, in which they discussed a possible interview. He said he and co-host Mika Brzezinski were at the estate about 7 p.m. and left before “any ‘partying’ began.” Springsteen questions Trump’s itness for oice • “The Boss” is questioning whether President-elect Donald Trump is ready to take oice. During an interview on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast released Monday, Bruce Springsteen said he

8th Circuit used the lower “rational basis” standard, which gives the state more leeway in designing and implementing the program, when it decided that the program is constitutional. He said he doesn’t think that leaves Frank any room to still find the program unconstitutional. “I would say it’s not a complete death-knell” for the critics of the program, Janus said, noting the possibility of further appeals. “But this is a very serious setback.” Gov. Mark Dayton welcomed the decision while insisting it wouldn’t stop his efforts to improve the program, including seeking funding for less-restrictive facilities. “That means we can continue to make the reforms that we have started and at affordable costs to our state budget,” Dayton said. The program is run by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Its commissioner, Emily Piper, called the program “an important tool to protect public safety and deliver court-ordered treatment to sex offenders. … Now it’s time for the Legislature to provide the resources we need to run this program so we can continue to keep our communities safe.”

questions whether Trump “is simply competent enough to do this particular job.” Springsteen is a highproile Democrat and appeared with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Springsteen says he understands how Trump got elected. He says the Republican played workingclass fears over a changing economy, increasing diversity and the Islamic State group. He tells Maron that he has “felt disgust” over elections before, “but never, never the kind of fear that you feel now.” Springsteen says he plans to do his best to play a “very, very small part” in trying to ensure America maintains its ideals.

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