Execution of involuntarily-medicated prisoners

[JURIST] A sharply-divided US Eighth Circuit ruled Monday that Arkansas may forcibly administer antipsychotic drugs to a prisoner whose date of execution has been set, and the State does not violate the Eighth Amendment when it executes a prisoner who has become incompetent during his long stay on death row but who subsequently regained competency through appropriate medical care. Read Singleton v. Norris [PDF text].



 

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