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KU law dean helped craft predator law

November 21, 2002

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The dean of Kansas UniversityâÂÂs School of Law has played a part in the stateâÂÂs sexual predator law.

Stephen McAllister was called on by the Kansas Legislature when the state Supreme Court struck down the law in 1996.

âÂÂI was summoned to the Legislature 6 1/2 years ago to see if there was a way to amend the law,â McAllister said. âÂÂI believed the law was constitutional, so we appealed it to the (U.S.) Supreme Court.âÂÂ

The Kansas law was challenged again just last year. The U.S. Supreme Court again upheld its constitutionality in January, but the court did narrow the guidelines for prosecutors, requiring them to prove that mental illness interferes with a sex offenderâÂÂs self-control.

McAllister said he believed strongly in the Kansas sexual predator program.

âÂÂWhat I do believe is Kansas has a very legitimate and substantial treatment program; thatâÂÂs why I believe in it. ItâÂÂs a costly thing to operate to do treatment properly, but I think itâÂÂs a move in the right direction.âÂÂ

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