May a Judge Compel the Testimony from an SVP, but Not an NGI?

The answer to the rhetorical question posed in the title to this blog post is yes, but why? To understand this, it is fundamental to recognize that an SVP (sexually violent predator) commitment proceeding is civil in nature, so the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent does not apply, whereas an NGI (not guilty by reason of insanity) commitment proceeding is criminal in nature and the Fifth Amendment privilege applies. To read more about these proceedings and the rights the party has, click on the following link.


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