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Texas can’t make schizophrenic death row man take meds: court

A Texas appeals court ruled Wednesday that a schizophrenic death row inmate cannot be forced to take medication which could make him mentally fit to be executed. Steven Stanley, 51, had originally been scheduled to be executed in 2006, but he won a reprieve when he was found to be…

Federal appeals court halts forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday halted the forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner, the young man on trial for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, until a panel can hear arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors, CNN reported. Loughner’s defense attorney, Judy Clark, filed…

Illinois inmate bleeds to death as guards ignore him, offer no medication at all for weeks

For days before he died from internal bleeding in a federal prison, Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor, pressing a panic button in his cell over and over to summon help that never came. An autopsy concluded that the 36-year-old inmate suffered from no fewer…

When money rules health care: Doc linked to 68 deaths

WICHITA, Kansas — The trial of a doctor and his wife accused of contributing to the fatal overdoses of 68 patients by overprescribing pain medication went to jurors on Tuesday. Stephen Schneider and his wife Linda were portrayed by the prosecution in closing arguments as running a “Burger King for…

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