The Second Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice Chambers, determined Kerry K was properly ordered re-confined pending a retrial in this Mental Hygiene Law civil commitment proceeding. In the first trial Kerry K was not found to be a dangerous sex offender and was ordered released under strict and intensive supervision and treatment (SIST). Kerry K appealed the finding that he suffered from a mental abnormality. The Second Department reversed and ordered and new trial. The issue here was whether Kerry K could be re-confined while awaiting re-trial:
On appeal, Kerry K. contends that since the Supreme Court has already found, after a dispositional hearing held in 2015, that he was not a “dangerous sex offender requiring confinement” (Mental Hygiene Law §§ 10.03[e]; 10.07[f]), there is no statutory requirement—and no logical reason—for him to be re-confined pending his retrial based on the stale 2013 probable cause determination, and that he is, in effect, being punished for having successfully prosecuted his prior appeal. Alternatively, to the extent pretrial confinement is statutorily mandated, Kerry K. contends that the statute, as applied to him, violates his constitutional right to due process of law.
The State counters that Mental Hygiene Law § 10.06(k) requires pretrial detention upon a finding of probable cause, and since this Court’s decision on the prior appeal merely reversed the June 25, 2015 order and underlying finding of mental abnormality and ordered a new trial, without disturbing the Supreme Court’s 2013 probable cause finding, it follows that Kerry K. must be re-confined pending retrial. Moreover, the State contends that Kerry K.’s claim that the pretrial detention provision of the Mental Hygiene Law is unconstitutional as applied to him lacks merit … . We find that the State’s contentions have merit. Matter of State of New York v Kerry K.,2020 NY Slip Op 04844, Second Dept 9-2-20