Published: Jan 21, 2011 5:23 PM EST
Updated: Jan 21, 2011 2:23 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has ordered a judge to hold a hearing within 60 days on a sex offender's claim he's been detained for eight years without a commitment trial.

The justices issued the order Friday in a 4-3 decision. Two dissenting justices agreed with the hearing order but disagreed on details.

Ronald Morel has been held in the state's civil commitment center for sex offenders near Arcadia since completing a prison sentence for sexual battery and rape. The crimes were committed in Broward County.

Florida's "Jimmy Ryce" law permits the state to detain and treat sex offenders after they've served their sentences. They can be released only if a judge finds they no longer are a danger to society.

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