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Forcible Medication for Trial

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Ed White reports for AP:

A mentally ill man charged with placing a bomb outside a Detroit federal building can be forcibly medicated to try to make him competent to face trial, an appeals court said Tuesday.

Gary Mikulich, 45, has refused to take medication since his arrest in 2011, according to the government.

"While we should not take lightly the decision to medicate a defendant against his will, we also should not discount the government's interest in bringing an accused would-be terrorist to justice," said a three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Mikulich, who has a degree in electrical engineering, has a history of schizophrenia and bizarre rants against the FBI. He may offer an insanity defense, his attorneys have said in court.

The opinion is here.  The primary Supreme Court precedent is Sell v. United States (2003).

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'While we should not take lightly the decision to execute a defendant against his will, we also should not discount the government's interest in bringing an accused
would-be terrorist to justice,' said a three-judge panel, consisting of
Geo. Washington, Abe Lincoln, & FD Roosevelt.

~Adamakis

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