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"Civil Death" of William Ente

In Santa Barbara County, California, Judge Timothy Staffel stripped eighteen-year-old William Ente of his civil rights.  William was not guilty of any crime.  He was not allowed to face his accusers or testify in his own defense.  No evidence was presented, and no testimony was heard.  Yet, Judge Staffel imposed what could be a life sentence.  With Judge Staffel’s conservatorship order, William entered into what many human rights advocates call a “civil death.”