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AG: Sex offender lawsuit not valid

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By Dave Kolpack

Associated Press

FARGO — A lawsuit by 23 sex offenders who are civilly committed to the North Dakota State Hospital should not be a federal case, said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Stenehjem’s office is challenging the complaint filed last month that accuses the state of favoring unnecessary punishment over treatment and violating the rights of the plaintiffs by depriving them of a realistic opportunity to be released.

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