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US v. White, 09-7933

US v. White, 09-7933, concerned a challenge to the district court's grant of the prosecution's motion to forcibly medicate defendant, who suffers from Delusional Disorder, Grandiose Type, for the purpose of rendering defendant competent to stand trial, in a prosecution of defendant for conspiracy, credit card fraud and identity theft.  In reversing, the court held that the Supreme Court made clear in Sell that forced medication of an accused in an effort to restore competency for trial is constitutionally permissible in "limited circumstances," and here, the district court's order comes perilously close to a forcible medication regime best described not as "limited," but as "routine."

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