People v. Sansone

18 Ill. App. 3d 315, 309 N.E.2d 733 (1974)

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People v. Sansone

Illinois Appellate Court
18 Ill. App. 3d 315, 309 N.E.2d 733 (1974)

Facts

Sansone (defendant) was civilly committed pursuant to Illinois’s Mental Health Code following findings that Sansone was mentally ill and in need of treatment and that he posed a risk of danger to himself and others if not confined. At Sansone’s confinement hearing, a psychiatrist and a social worker, both who had interviewed Sansone on two separate occasions, testified that Sansone suffered from delusions that law enforcement officers were out to get him and that could make Sansone dangerous, although there was no evidence that Sansone had ever exhibited dangerous conduct. The psychiatrist noted cases in which individuals who had delusions like Sansone’s injured or attempted to injure someone. However, the psychiatrist was not able to provide a degree of probability of Sansone’s dangerousness. Following the hearing, Sansone was ordered to be confined for treatment. Sansone appealed, arguing that his commitment without proof of prior harmful conduct amounted to preventive detention because of his mental illness and was unlawful.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stamos, J.)

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