SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a convicted sex offender who is designated as a sexually violent predator will have a new trial to determine if he should remain in a California mental hospital.
The ruling came Friday in the case of Sidney Landau, who was designated as a sexually violent predator under a little-known California law and has been housed in a mental hospital since 2000.
The 70-year-old petitioned for his release in 2010 after a state doctor found he could be released under supervision with no risk to the public because of his advancing age.
Landau was convicted of molesting two boys in the 1980s and was paroled in 1996.
His case became famous when police publicized his name and address under a new notification law and he was chased from multiple addresses by angry neighbors.
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