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Chas Singleton was convicted of capital murder. He was psychotic, forced to take
meds as per Harper. He
claimed a Ford v. Wainwright
to not execute the insane, but then became sane with Rx. Originally the court agreed to a
permanent stay, commuted to life without. The District Attorney appealed, and the entire
Appeals court reviewed, said pt was choosing to take meds to help himself, if he got
executed out of it, too bad. Patient says he has right to treatment to his "ultimate
good," not including death.
Court said the core of the dispute: whether the antipsychotic medication
is medically appropriate for Singletons treatment. (They are not Doctors, and how can they make this decision??) Decided it was, tho' it leads to death.