Vitek v. Jones

LOCATION:Criminal Court of Fulton County

DOCKET NO.: 77-888
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)

CITATION: 436 US 407 (1978)
ARGUED: Apr 24, 1978
DECIDED: May 23, 1978

Melvin Kent Kammerlohr –
Thomas A. Wurtz –

Facts of the case

Legislative consolidation of the possibility of applying medical measures in relation to a person who has committed socially dangerous acts provided for by criminal law objectively reflects the concern of the legislator about the possible negative consequences of detecting certain diseases in such a person. The logic of such anxiety is simple: a number of diseases are known to medicine, which is dangerous both for society as a whole and for a particular person.