Thursday, March 18, 2004

Magistrate judge rules against medicating inmate, who then threatens to kill her

In U.S. v. Evans, Judge Jones recites that after the Magistrate Judge ruled that it would not be right to medical the defendant to make him competent for trial, in part because his time behind bars had already exceeded the sentence he might get if convicted, the incompetent inmate threatened to kill the Magistrate Judge, adding the possibility of another 10 years in prison for that offense, and so now the judge concludes that the inmate should be made competent to stand trial.

I don't often think about the fact that these judges and magistrate judges - every one of them - get these kinds of threats throughout their careers.

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