A legal victory for former Gov. George Pataki. A Manhattan jury has ruled that Pataki didn't violate the rights of convicted sex offenders by involuntarily committing them to mental institutions after their prison terms were over. 6 offenders had sued Pataki and others back in 2008, claiming their rights were violated when they were transferred to a psychiatric facility upon completion of their sentences. Pataki took the stand in the case, and said he was only acting to protect the public--after learning that a man who had followed his family on a hiking trip in the Adirondacks was a convicted sex offender.