March 19, 2002

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 or others.

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 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. >> Read More

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