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February 10, 2003

Paging Dr. Kafka

Posted by Mike on February 10, 2003 8:34 PM

Boy, we're gonna let the doc here force this antipsychotic medicine down yer throat, an' when he's done with ya an' yer feelin' all better, we're a-gonna kill ya.

"The federal appeals court in St. Louis ruled yesterday that officials in Arkansas can force a prisoner on death row to take antipsychotic medication to make him sane enough to execute. Without the drugs, the prisoner, Charles Laverne Singleton, could not be put to death under a United States Supreme Court decision that prohibits the execution of the insane. Yesterday's 6-to-5 decision is the first by a federal appeals court to allow such an execution."

Complete Story (it's at the NYT, which will require you to register)