Should the government be allowed to forcibly medicate a mentally ill suspect so he/she can stand trail?
Well, what are the choices? IF the person is mentally incompetent per MD diagnosis, they will be institutionalized and forcibly medicated- and when deemed medically stable will stand trial. Mo matter WHAT this person will be housed and medicated- if they refuse meds, they would be forced in this situation. Locked up and medicated is locked up and medicated.
Answer by Sisteract at 11:19 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by Gal51 at 11:25 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:25 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by bellsandheels at 11:14 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 11:19 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Think Andrea Yates- she could refuse meds all day long (dont think that she did), but she's still locked up. Plus what about court orders? Termination of rights for incompetence?
Answer by Sisteract at 11:21 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 11:23 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by purpleducky at 11:33 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Thinking of Andrea Yates, who was deemed medically incompetent prior to trial...How else would she be medically treated? I guess she could refuse treatment, but again is it appropriate for the court to step in and override her decision once she has been deemed mentally incompetent? What about her rights as a patient? Again, referring to those accused pts who have been deemed by the courts and medical professionals to be incompetent. What are the other options for treatment? She's a pt first and sick pts should be treated. If it's the mind and processing that is the issue, another adult (or court) must step in and make the decision-
Answer by Sisteract at 11:36 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by katiPeas at 11:37 AM on Nov. 18, 2010
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