CCLE Fights Government's Forced-Drugging of Dentist in Federal Court
Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) today filed an amicus
curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Eighth Circuit Court of
Appeals asking the court to reconsider its recent decision permitting the
government to continue forcibly injecting a St. Louis dentist with
mind-altering drugs. Dr. Sell is currently being administered drugs
against his will in an effort to make him "competent to stand
trial" on federal fraud charges.
"The Eighth Circuit has found that Dr.
Sell poses no danger to himself or others, yet the Court continues to
allow the government to drug him," said Richard Glen Boire, the attorney
who filed the brief for the CCLE, a law and policy center that encourages social policies that respect and protect the full
potential and autonomy of the human intellect.
The CCLE's legal brief argues that the
government's forced-drugging of Dr. Sell, is an unconstitutional violation
of his fundamental right to cognitive liberty and freedom of thought, a
right protected by the First Amendment. "By
altering a personís mind with the forced administration of drugs, the
government commits an act of cognitive censorship and mental
manipulation, an action even more offensive to democratic principles than
the censorship of speech," argues the brief.
happening to Dr. Sell is unconscionable," said Mr. Boire, adding
"Dr. Sell is innocent until proven guilty, and is under no obligation
to think the way the government wants him to think. His mind is his own,
not the government's."
the government's insistence that Dr. Sell can be forcibly administered
mind-altering drugs, is diametrically opposed to its "just say
no" policy with respect to other mind-altering drugs.
the one hand the government is bent on creating a "Drug Free
America," while on the other hand it forces a citizen to take
mind-altering drugs despite his repeated objection," said Mr. Boire.
"The only thing consistent here is the government's astonishingly
arrogant assertion that it has the power to determine which mind states
and types of thinking are allowed and which it can prohibit or
The case was the
subject of an
article by conservative columnist Phyllis Schalfly.
Index of Dr. Sell Materials.
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