Judge Waters says John Ralsten life commitment continues

A civil commitment hearing was held Monday afternoon
WTAP News @ 6- John Ralsten
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 5:46 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2022 at 5:47 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A retired doctor from Vienna will continue his life commitment in a secure facility.

A civil commitment hearing was held Monday afternoon in the courtroom of Judge Robert A. Waters.

According to Judge Waters, these hearings are required by a statute recently passed by the West Virginia State Legislature.

He says these hearings are being held statewide to file civil commitments on all forensic patients that were committed under the criminal justice system.

Attorney George Cosenza questioned the psychiatrist working Ralsten’s case.

Judge Waters says, according to the statue, these civil commitment hearings must occur before June 30, 2022.

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