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So What's In A Name? A Rhetorical Reading Of Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Act, J. Christopher Rideout Jan 1992

So What's In A Name? A Rhetorical Reading Of Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Act, J. Christopher Rideout

Seattle University Law Review

In this Article, I will examine this socially constitutive function of narratives in the enactment of Washington State's Sexually Violent Predators Act.'0 This Act is a prime recent example of how social narratives-in this case, narratives of violence, pain, and outrage-lie behind the official language of the law. As Winter would point out, narrative was the vehicle that prompted legal change. The question for this Article, however, is what happens once the story has been recast into another form, here that of a statute? How well do the immediacy of the details and the authorial voice of the ...


The Community Protection Act And The Sexually Violent Predators Statute, Norm Maleng Jan 1992

The Community Protection Act And The Sexually Violent Predators Statute, Norm Maleng

Seattle University Law Review

In this Symposium Article, former prosecutor Norm Maleng discusses his experience with The Community Protection Act and Washington’s Sexually Violent Predator Law.


Limits On The State's Power To Confine "Dangerous" Persons: Constitutional Implications Of Foucha V. Louisiana, James W. Ellis Jan 1992

Limits On The State's Power To Confine "Dangerous" Persons: Constitutional Implications Of Foucha V. Louisiana, James W. Ellis

Seattle University Law Review

This Article does not attempt a complete analysis of all the constitutional implications of Foucha,nor does it attempt to provide a definitive answer to the question of the constitutionality of Washington's sexual predator statute. Rather, because Foucha addressed important due process and equal protection questions relevant to the Washington statute, the Article is an attempt to analyze the case's basic constitutional holdings and discussion on the issue of state deprivation of physical liberty.


The Constitutionality And Morality Of Civilly Committing Violent Sexual Predators, Alexander D. Brooks Jan 1992

The Constitutionality And Morality Of Civilly Committing Violent Sexual Predators, Alexander D. Brooks

Seattle University Law Review

This Article will address four major substantive constitutional and moral challenges to the Washington Sexually Violent Predator statute. The first is that the statute provides for unacceptable preventive detention contrary to American tradition and law. The second is that the terminology used to identify the mental condition of sexually violent predators is vague and meaningless, resulting in inaccurate and unfair applications and lacking in uniformity. The third objection is that the treatment program necessarily relies on a false assumption that efficacious treatment is available and argues that without efficacious treatment the statute must fail. Fourth, the confinement involved, which theoretically ...


What Would Happen If Videotaped Depositions Of Sexually Abused Children Were Routinely Admitted In Civil Trials? A Journey Through The Legal Process And Beyond , John B. Mitchell Jan 1992

What Would Happen If Videotaped Depositions Of Sexually Abused Children Were Routinely Admitted In Civil Trials? A Journey Through The Legal Process And Beyond , John B. Mitchell

Seattle University Law Review

As all of us are aware, there has been concern throughout our legal system about the trauma that child victims of sexual abuse suffer when testifying at criminal trials. It is likely that these same concerns will follow into the civil arena as civil cases for sexual abuse of child victims become more common. In response, advocates of child victims will propose that videotapes of child depositions be admitted in trial in place of live testimony. Such evidence may have profound effects on juries and may also alter the role of advocates in our civil system. This Article is about ...


Reading Tea Leaves: The Future Of Negotiations For Tort Claimants Free From Fault, Cornelius J. Peck Jan 1992

Reading Tea Leaves: The Future Of Negotiations For Tort Claimants Free From Fault, Cornelius J. Peck

Seattle University Law Review

This Article first reviews what a study of the 1986 Tort Reform Act reveals to be problems created by that Act for negotiators of settlements in tort suits. These problems are greatest for fault-free plaintiffs. Next, a summary of the previous law governing joint and several liability provides an understanding of these problems and the changes negotiators should make in their negotiation strategies. The court's success in avoiding the mandated disaster for the Workers Compensation Fund raises the possibility that the court may also provide fault-free plaintiffs with an easier escape from the perils and pitfalls created by the ...


Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review Jan 1992

Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review

Seattle University Law Review

No abstract provided.


Law In The Electronic Brothel: How Postmodern Media Affect First Amendment Obscenity Doctrine, Kenneth W. Masters Jan 1992

Law In The Electronic Brothel: How Postmodern Media Affect First Amendment Obscenity Doctrine, Kenneth W. Masters

Seattle University Law Review

This Comment seeks to examine the implications of media ecology models for the past, present, and possible future of obscenity doctrine. Section II of this Comment applies the first model in examining the historical origins of obscenity doc- trine in light of media ecology. This analysis of history reveals a critical presupposition about the effects of media on human behavior.


Confronting Violence: In The Act And In The Word, David Boerner Jan 1992

Confronting Violence: In The Act And In The Word, David Boerner

Seattle University Law Review

In this Symposium Article, the author narrates his experience as a member of the Task Force to create Washington’s Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Law.


Sources Of Security, Julie Shapiro Jan 1992

Sources Of Security, Julie Shapiro

Seattle University Law Review

The fixable problems relating to the specifics of the stat- ute thus do not raise the hardest questions that a statute like this one presents precisely because they are fixable. If I agreed that the general idea of the statute was a good one, I still might find the specifics of this statute unacceptable. But I would be able to propose an acceptable statute that accomplished the same basic purpose. Thus, although the specifics of this statute are of enormous importance to the legal questions pending in the courts and to those who must litigate under the statute, the specifics ...


Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review Jan 1992

Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review

Seattle University Law Review

No abstract provided.


A Buyer's Catalogue Of Prepurchase Precautions To Minimize Cercla Liability In Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Geoffrey Douglas Patterson Jan 1992

A Buyer's Catalogue Of Prepurchase Precautions To Minimize Cercla Liability In Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Geoffrey Douglas Patterson

Seattle University Law Review

Because the cost and incidence of hazardous waste contamination are soaring and because the courts favor broad interpretations of CERCLA's liability provisions, counsel for prospective purchasers of commercial real estate must take certain prepurchase precautions to minimize potential CERCLA liability. This Comment pro- vides practical suggestions as to the aim and form of those precautions. In Part II, this Comment first examines the basic statutory framework and liability scheme of CERCLA. Part III discusses the common law principles of successor liability and their relation to CERCLA's liability mechanism. Finally, in Part IV, this Comment presents a variety of ...


Editor's Preface: Predators And Politics: The Dichotomies Of Translation In The Washington Sexually Violent Predators Statute, Nancy Watkins Anderson, Kenneth W. Masters Jan 1992

Editor's Preface: Predators And Politics: The Dichotomies Of Translation In The Washington Sexually Violent Predators Statute, Nancy Watkins Anderson, Kenneth W. Masters

Seattle University Law Review

No abstract provided.


Keynote Address: Predators And Politics, Norval Morris Jan 1992

Keynote Address: Predators And Politics, Norval Morris

Seattle University Law Review

The following article is a transcription of portions of Mr. Morris's keynote address presented at the Predators and Politics Symposium on March 9, 1992 at the University of Puget Sound School of Law.


Cognitive Restructuring Through Law: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach To Sex Offenders And The Plea Process, Jeffrey A. Klotz, David B. Wexler, Bruce D. Sales, Judith V. Becker Jan 1992

Cognitive Restructuring Through Law: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach To Sex Offenders And The Plea Process, Jeffrey A. Klotz, David B. Wexler, Bruce D. Sales, Judith V. Becker

Seattle University Law Review

At the University of Arizona, we hope to develop a series of studies that will ultimately examine a variety of empirical issues relating to the law and plea process with respect to sex offenders. These studies arise from one particular therapeutic jurisprudence application proposed by David Wexler and Bruce Winick. This Article summarizes the empirical questions raised by Wexler and Winick's theory and suggests how those questions might be empirically analyzed.


A Psychiatric Perspective On Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Statute, Robert M. Wettstein, M.D. Jan 1992

A Psychiatric Perspective On Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Statute, Robert M. Wettstein, M.D.

Seattle University Law Review

This Article will critique Washington's Community Protection Act from the perspective of a clinical and forensic psychiatrist. Part II of the Article will address and examine problems with the statute's definitions and consider some of the problems in conducting evaluations of proposed sexual predators. Part III will then discuss some of the many difficulties inherent in providing treatment under the statute. Part IV will review the potential abuses, costs and risks to the participants presented by the statute. Finally, Part V will focus on the ethical issues in providing expert medical testimony pursuant to the statute.


Washington's Sexually Violent Predator Law: A Deliberate Misuse Of The Therapeutic State For Social Control, John Q. La Fond Jan 1992

Washington's Sexually Violent Predator Law: A Deliberate Misuse Of The Therapeutic State For Social Control, John Q. La Fond

Seattle University Law Review

This Article will demonstrate that the Washington legislature deliberately chose to abuse the medical model of involuntary commitment for treatment in order to achieve lifetime preventive detention. In so doing, the legislature violated fundamental constitutional principles that underlie our system of social care and control and safeguard individual liberty.


Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Statute: Law Or Lottery? A Response To Professor Brooks, John Q. La Fond Jan 1992

Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Statute: Law Or Lottery? A Response To Professor Brooks, John Q. La Fond

Seattle University Law Review

In this Symposium Article, the author responds to Alexander D. Brooks, The Constitutionality and Morality of Civilly Committing Violent Sexual Predators, article.


The Politics Of Sexual Psychopathy: Washington State's Sexual Predator Legislation, Stuart Scheingold, Toska Olson, Jana Pershing Jan 1992

The Politics Of Sexual Psychopathy: Washington State's Sexual Predator Legislation, Stuart Scheingold, Toska Olson, Jana Pershing

Seattle University Law Review

What are the principles that guide this return to indeterminacy? Taken at face value, rehabilitation would seem to be the goal of the civil commitment provisions that make avail- able a treatment program to cure and reintegrate sexual offenders. Of course, rehabilitation was unequivocally rejected by determinate sentencing reformers, who considered it both discriminatory and ineffective.6 An alternative interpretation is that the sexual predator provisions lead in an incapacitative direction-that is, they are designed to predict which offenders are so dangerous that they must be more or less permanently institutionalized to protect the society. Either way, the sexual predator ...


Sexual Predator Law—The Nightmare In The Halls Of Justice, Robert C. Boruchowitz Jan 1992

Sexual Predator Law—The Nightmare In The Halls Of Justice, Robert C. Boruchowitz

Seattle University Law Review

In this Symposium Article, the author discusses his experience as a defense attorney with Washington’s Sexually Violent Predator Act, RCW 71.09.060.


Sexual Predators: Mental Illness Or Abnormality? A Psychiatrist's Perspective, James D. Reardon, M.D. Jan 1992

Sexual Predators: Mental Illness Or Abnormality? A Psychiatrist's Perspective, James D. Reardon, M.D.

Seattle University Law Review

In this Symposium Article, the author discusses Washington’s Sexually Violent Predator Act, RCW 71.09.060, from a psychiatrist’s perspective.


Proceedings Under Washington's New Statutory Scheme Providing For The Indefinite Involuntary Commitment Of Sexually Violent Predators Are Civil, Not Criminal, In Nature, Timothy Michael Blood Jan 1992

Proceedings Under Washington's New Statutory Scheme Providing For The Indefinite Involuntary Commitment Of Sexually Violent Predators Are Civil, Not Criminal, In Nature, Timothy Michael Blood

Seattle University Law Review

In this Symposium Article, the author discusses the constitutional importance of classifying Washington’s Sexually Violent Predator Act, RCW 71.09.060, as a civil commitment and not a criminal sanction.


Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review Jan 1992

Table Of Contents, Seattle University Law Review

Seattle University Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Juvenile Death Penalty In Washington: A State Constitutional Analysis, Bruce L. Brown Jan 1992

The Juvenile Death Penalty In Washington: A State Constitutional Analysis, Bruce L. Brown

Seattle University Law Review

This Article first briefly examines the United States Supreme Court cases dealing with the juvenile death penalty. Second, the Article describes the history and structure of Washington's death penalty statute. Third, the Article analyzes whether the state constitution's ban on cruel punishment prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on juveniles.


Zen And The Art Of Becoming (And Being) A Lawyer, John Nivala Jan 1992

Zen And The Art Of Becoming (And Being) A Lawyer, John Nivala

Seattle University Law Review

In this essay, the author discusses how law schools should be taught using the Pirsig Model. Furthermore, the author discusses how lawyers should use the Pirsig model in practice.