A California appeals court has rejected a challenge to releasing a sexually violent predator into Los Angeles County.
The Sixth District Court of Appeal rejected the writ Tuesday filed by L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
The county didn't challenge the conditional release of 62-year-old Christopher Hubbart from a state hospital that was granted in May, only the location.
Prosecutors say Hubbart was born and raised in L.A. County and considers it home, but county officials argued that he has more recent ties to Santa Clara County.
Hubbart remains at Coalinga State Hospital while officials search for housing. It's not clear when he would be released or what hurdles remain.
Lacey's office says Hubbart acknowledged raping 40 women in California between 1971 and 1982, including 26 in L.A. County.