Johnson v. State of Texas
South Western Reporter, 2d series; 693: 559-563
The Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a Bexar County Court ruling which upheld a state law permitting involuntary commitment for observation or treatment for a period of 90 days. The statute did not violate consitutional due process because it permitted commitment on a finding that a person was "likely" to cause serious harm to himself or herself. Similarly, it was not overbroad in authorizing involuntary commitment when a person would continue to suffer severe and abnormal distress and be unable to make a rational and informed choice about submitting to treatment, since a dangerousness standard was implicit in such language. (KIE abstract)
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