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Fourth Department — Sex Offender Status: State of New York v. Blair

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

Sex Offender Status

Expert Testimony

State of New York v. Blair
CA 10-01692
Appealed from Supreme Court, Allegany County

Background: The respondent appealed from an order determining that he was a dangerous sex offender requiring confinement and committing him to a secure treatment facility. The respondent argued that the court erred in its determination and that the petitioner’s expert’s testimony should not have been permitted.

Ruling: The appellate division unanimously affirmed. The court’s determination was supported by clear and convincing evidence. Moreover, the expert testifying to the respondent’s progress at the Central New York Psychiatric Center was competent as he had full review of the respondent’s treatment records.

 

Kevin S. Doyle of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service for the respondent-appellant; Patrick J. Walsh of the New York State Office of the Attorney General for the petitioner-respondent