June 28th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Lawyers oppose order to forcibly medicate Loughner

(CNN) - A federal judge ordered the government to respond by Tuesday to a legal challenge against a decision to forcibly medicate Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner in a federal prison.

In the order dated Monday, U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns said the government must answer the emergency motion by lawyers representing Loughner that contends forcing him to take mind-altering psychotropic drugs against his will violates his rights.

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  1. Michael Luley, LPC

    Having worked in the mental Health field for the past 10 years, 6 years of which were within the Department of Corrections in Missouri, I have been a participant in administrative hearings to determine forced medications of offenders. The "Laughner Case" is very unfortunate in that the very traumatic events were just that, traumatic. Laughner unfortunately needed mental health care and treatment which may have prevented the events. Now, it would seem, Laughner has been determined incompetent to stand trial. Probably the same state of mind existed at the time of his traumatic actions. This country has mental health facilities where when found NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) are housed/detained for treatment. This seems a reasonable option and appropriate in this case and will hopefully raise the level of services in this country.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm |