Constitutionality Of New Law Goes To Kentucky Supreme Court

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over the constitutionality of a new Kentucky law that allows involuntary commitment for violent offenders.

Arguments were heard by justices in two cases out of Jefferson County, a statement from the Supreme Court said. Attorneys for two people involuntarily committed under the new law are challenging its constitutionality.

A law passed this year allows violent offenders who are incompetent for trial to be involuntarily committed if they are a danger to themselves and others regardless of whether they would benefit from treatment. Previously, a defendant could be involuntarily hospitalized only if they could benefit from treatment. If not, they could be set free.

The case was one of two heard on Wednesday and two others were scheduled to be heard Thursday, the statement said.