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Attorney to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear lawsuit on Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -

Minneapolis Attorney Dan Gustafson will file a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court this week asking them to hear the lawsuit surrounding the constitutionality of the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program.

Gustafson represents more than 700 clients on both the Moose Lake and St. Peter campuses of the Sex Offender program.  

In 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank ruled the program was unconstitutional, saying only a handful of offenders had ever been released.

Then in January of the next year the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals reversed that decision, saying the program was constitutional and that Minnesota's system of committing sex offenders, after they've served their court-ordered prison terms, was critical in protecting citizens from dangerous sexual predators.

Now, Gustafson plans to go to a higher court for a final ruling on the constitutionality of the program.

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