Forced Drugging OK'd By Federal Court:
WASHINGTON -- Defendants can be forcibly drugged even though they
havenít been convicted of any charges and pose no danger to themselves
Thatís the ruling issued [March 7, 2002] by the Federal Court of
Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the case of United States v. Charles
Thomas Sell. (see www.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/02/03/011862P.pdf)
The 2 - 1 split decision establishes government power to forcibly medicate
a person with mind altering drugs even before trial.
"Itís a shocking, inhumane decision. Now, all the government
needs are allegations and a cooperative psychiatrist to forcibly drug any
citizen," said Andrew Schlafly, General Counsel for the Association
of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). That group filed an amicus
brief opposing the government drugging.
"Itís unprecedented to allow prosecutors to drug peaceful
defendants presumed to be innocent. Government cannot force citizens to
pledge allegiance to the flag, but now can forcibly medicate them with
mind-altering drugs," said Mr. Schlafly.
UPDATE: On April 4, 2002, the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) filed a legal
brief before the Eighth Circuit, objecting to the continued violation of
Dr. Sell's fundamental right to cognitive liberty and autonomy. >>
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