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Name: People v. Torres
Case #: C048309
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 3 DCA
Citation: 133 Cal.App.4th 1359

The requirements of Anders v. California (1967) 386 U.S. 738 and People v. Wende (1979) 25 Cal.3d 436 do not apply to appeals from civil commitments of sexually violent predators. Anders and Wende apply only to criminal prosecutions, and persons committed as sexually violent predators are not similarly situated to criminal defendants. Fundamental fairness does not compel application of Anders and Wende to these proceedings, and the appeal is accordingly dismissed due to appellant’s failure to identify any claims of reversible error.

Opinion Date: 11/08/2005