Susan Lindauer

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns approves forced medication for Tuscon shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner

From the Overnight News Digest on Daily Kos:

Judge: Prison Can Forcibly Drug Tucson Suspect

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A judge ruled Wednesday that prison officials can forcibly give the Tucson shooting rampage suspect anti-psychotic drugs in a bid to make him mentally fit for trial.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns' decision came after Jared Lee Loughner's attorneys filed an emergency request last week to prevent any forced medication of their client without approval from a judge. The judge said he did not want to second guess doctor's at the federal prison in Springfield, Mo., who determined that Jared Loughner was a danger.

Defense attorneys said Loughner had been forcibly medicated since June 21.

This ruling can set a dangerous precedent - one that was already avoided in another case which may be familiar to our readers: the story of Susan Lindauer, as told in Symbol Susan - "Thought this be madness..." as well as other pieces, several by guest contributor Michael Collins. In particular, check out Michael Collins: Did Justice Order Forced Psych Medication?. It's an eye-opener.

While I'm certainly no fan of Loughner, and I'd like to see a trial, the history behind forced medication - particularly in light of events tied to the Susan Lindauer prosecution/persectution - raises some troubling questions.

What's your take? Comments are open below the fold.


Bush Political Prisoner Gets Her Day in Court

originally posted 2008-06-10 16:16:06 - bumped - cho

Bush Political Prisoner Gets Her Day in Court

Susan Lindauer, accused “unregistered” agent and the judge who rescued her from forced psychiatric medication, now U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey.

Sunday Review: Past Pieces

On Saturday, 9 September 2006, a tireless ePluribus Media researcher named Avahome brought an article to the attention of one of our editors, standingup. They discussed the possibility of a story and secured a writer -- me -- to pull together the fantastic slew of research that Avahome had produced on the topic, and shortly after 11:00 pm that evening we'd posted Symbol Susan -- "Though this be madness...".

The piece called attention to the case of Susan Lindauer, who the Department of Justice sought to prosecute for "conspiracy, acting as an unregistered agent of the government of Iraq, and engaging in illegal financial transactions" -- the charges very carefully avoided accusing her of espionage. When Lindauer was declared "unfit to stand trial" the prosecution tried to get a court order to have her forcibly medicated -- that is, drugged against her will -- so that she could be declared fit to stand trial and they could proceed with the prosecution.

Symbol Susan -- "Though this be madness..." [Reposted from archives]

This article is reposted from the original publication located in the current Scoop archive. The timestamp of the original publish date has been preserved. - GH


Hat tip to Avahome for the tip and all her research, which made this possible.