Jack Wilson Was Appointed to Represent Appellant
6 June 2008
Jack Wilson, an Associate in the Washington Office, was appointed to represent Bruce Brown (Brown v. Watters, No. 08-1171), who is appealing the denial of his § 2254 habeas petition. Mr. Brown was civilly committed by the State of Wisconsin as a sexually dangerous offender based on the testimony of the State's expert witness diagnosing a mental disorder that is not recognized by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The expert's diagnosis is controversial and the subject of vigorous debate in the psychiatric community. The primary issues on appeal are whether Mr. Brown's civil commitment on the basis of such a diagnosis violates due process and the standard for overcoming procedural default in the civil commitment context.