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May 2003 , Page 46 

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Delusional justice

By Chris Adams

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Thanks to a recent Eighth Circuit decision, we may begin to see a whole new line of bumper stickers. Perhaps John Ashcroft’s car will sport the slogan “Stop the Insanity — Medicate, then Eradicate.”

Recently Eleanor on “The Practice” asked her psychotic client to go off her anti-psychotic medication to make her incompetent and avoid execution. The compassionate TV judge forced the client to be medicated but, finding it would violate the Eighth Amendment to execute the mentally ill, commuted the sentence to life. Unfortunately for Charles Singleton, the Eighth Circuit bench isn’t as wise or compassionate as the judge on TV.  

Charles Singleton is on death row in Arkansas for a 1979 killing. Nobody disputes that he is psychotic. Arkansas has set his execution date. Although the opinion deals favorably with the mootness doctrine and successive habeas petitions, I will only be dealing with the issue of forcible medication. Under Ford v. Wainwright, 477 U.S. 399 (19

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