Morning Poll: Should Jared Loughner be Involuntarily Medicated?

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Jared Loughner's already spit and lunged at one of his own attorneys. Yet, his lawyers don't want him medicated without the approval of a judge.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered an emergency hearing yesterday to determine whether Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner should continue to be involuntarily medicated.

Prosecutors filed a motion yesterday arguing that Loughner should be given anti-psychotic medication because he's been diagnosed as schizophrenic and is a danger to others.

His behavior while behind bars certainly supports the prosecution's argument.

From the Associated Press:

On April 4, Loughner spit at his own attorney, lunged at her and had to be restrained by prison staff, prosecutors said.

Their filing also says that during a taped interview with a psychiatrist March 28, Loughner suddenly became enraged, cursed at him, threw a plastic chair at him twice, and then wet a roll of toilet paper and tried to throw it at the camera before hurling the chair twice more.

The filing also said Loughner was repeatedly encouraged to attend a June 14 prison administrative hearing about his medication, but he refused to participate, "and instead barricaded himself, lying down by his bed."

The hearing found that Loughner was a danger to himself, according to court records.


Clearly, Loughner needs medication. His attorneys, however, argue that he shouldn't be involuntarily medicated without the approval of a judge.

Burns has set the hearing for 2 p.m., at which point he will determine whether to keep medicating Loughner.

We want to know what you think: should Loughner be involuntarily medicated?

Cast your vote below.

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lzs
lzs

 Yesooo, I am proud of my natural black lace wigs, but there is no way that I am ready to spend 3 hours or more of my life through the rigors of making it presentable. My hair is natural all the way (I do relax my front wigsand never have) but there is not much I can do with natural hair shoulder length without looking like a woman parading newly disturbed "Ahiaeke. " I give kudos to thoes who have no qualms to relax their hair extensions or thoes who spend up to 6 hours braiding wigs and keep for months without washing every week.

lzs
lzs

 Yesooo, I am proud of my natural black lace wigs, but there is no way that I am ready to spend 3 hours or more of my life through the rigors of making it presentable. My hair is natural all the way (I do relax my front wigsand never have) but there is not much I can do with natural hair shoulder length without looking like a woman parading newly disturbed "Ahiaeke. " I give kudos to thoes who have no qualms to relax their hair extensions or thoes who spend up to 6 hours braiding wigs and keep for months without washing every week.

Jose
Jose

What a NUT!!!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Were the victims who were shot by Loughner involuntarily shot?

Yes.

He should be involuntarily medicated, with the hope that someone mistakenly overdoses him.

Cynicus
Cynicus

He HAS to have a trial and be executed, if not by the Feds, then the state. He will be force medicated to stand trial so that he can be declared sane (he planned the massacre, the insane are incapable of planning), found guilty and given the death sentence. He will then languish in a cell on death row on minimal if any medication until it comes time for the execution when he will once again be force medicated so that he can understand what is going to be done to him. It's very neat and only needs a bow to complete the package.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Exactly. Remember, from the Hippocratic oath: "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if asked, nor will I advise such a plan..." That's something doctors swear to upon becoming physicians.

"...Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.[...]I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help."

Just take him out and lynch him if that's what it takes to satisfy the blood lust of the community. Do it in public, where the other crazed lunatics can shoot him with their iPhones and stream it all live on the interwebs. Allow the sadistic their sick, vicarious pleasures.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

If he's not mentally competent enough to stand trial for his crimes, then he's not competent to make his own decisions regarding medication. Can't have it both ways.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

A person can be involuntary medicated only if they exhibit behavior which constitutes a danger to self (DTS) or a danger to others (DTO). IMO, he has definitely met the criteria for being involuntarily medicated and I used to write up special treatment plans to justify medicating patients against their will. The catch-22 in this situation is that, once medicated, the patient's behavior usually stabilizes putting them in a position where they are no longer exhibiting DTO or DTS behavior and can again refuse their meds. 

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