Death Penalty Alerts and News
"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated March 4, 2005 --


      Appeals Court Allows Execution of "Medicated Insane."

    For the first time ever, an appeals court has made a decision that allows a state (Arkansas) to force a prisoner on death row to take antipsychotic medication to make him sane enough to execute. The Supreme Court has never ruled on such a matter.

    To rule that a person is no longer seriously mentally ill because they are taking appropriate medication is something like ruling that a person who is taking their diabetic medication no longer has diabetes. The parallel would be that since the diabetic is "no longer" diabetic, they can start eating anything they want. As with diabetic medications, antipsychotic medications do not cure the underlying disorder, they only make it more tolerable or less damaging. You can't nit-pick much better than this court has done with its ability to so narrowly define "insanity" as to exclude "seriously mentally ill."

      Good News! Illinois Gov. Ryan Commuted 167 Death Penalty Sentences.

      Good News for Ronald Chris Foster and Civilization!

    The execution of Ronald Chris Foster originally scheduled for January 8, 2003 has been stayed by Governor Ronnie Musgrove. To read more about Mr. Foster's case, check the following links:

      James Colburn and Civilization Need Your Help!

      Good News! - Execution of Abdur'Rahman is Stayed on Appeal.

      More Good Death Penalty News!

      Thank You! -- Death Penalty Commuted in Georgia.

    Your faxes and telephone calls made a difference! On February 25, 2002, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted Alexander Williams' death sentence to life imprisonment. To read more about the Williams case, please go to Sadly, Mr. Williams committed suicide in his prison cell on November 25, 2002.

      Thank You for Stopping By!

        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)

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