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Challenge to Conviction Based on Forcible Medication Order Denied

By FindLaw Staff on April 23, 2010 4:21 PM

In US v. Bowles, No. 09-4219, the Fourth Circuit faced a challenge to a defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 188 months' imprisonment. 

In rejecting defendant's claim that the trial court erred by ordering him to be forcibly medicated to render him competent to stand trial, the court affirmed the conviction, holding that defendant has waived his right to challenge the forcible medication order as he cannot reopen his judgment of conviction upon his guilty plea on a nonjurisdictional issue. 

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