Constitutionality of new law goes to Kentucky Supreme Court

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has heard oral arguments over the constitutionality of a new Kentucky law that allows involuntary commitment for violent offenders. A statement from the Supreme Court said arguments were heard by justices on Wednesday in two cases out of Jefferson County. 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. The case was one of two heard on Wednesday and two others were scheduled to be heard Thursday.