Fight Looms Over Meds for Condemned Man

Fight Looms Over - Comments | Recommended Fight looms over meds for condemned man 01:20 AM CDT on Monday By DIANE JENNINGS The Dallas Morning News

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Steven Staley Comments | Recommended Fight looms over meds for condemned man 01:20 AM CDT on Monday, June 12, 2006 By DIANE JENNINGS / The Dallas Morning News No one disputes that condemned killer Steven Staley is mentally ill. In 15 years on death row, he has suffered from delusions, lain in his own urine and bruised his own face. He is so sick that prosecutors, defense attorneys and a judge agree he is incompetent to be executed. For now. Tarrant County prosecutors are pushing to have the diagnosed schizophrenic forcibly medicated for his illness – enabling him to be executed. And, so far, Texas courts are willing, setting up what could be a landmark legal showdown. Last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals without issuing an opinion upheld a district judge's order to forcibly medicate Mr. Staley. "It certainly could be a signi±cant case," said Rob Owen, adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas. "The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't decided this question." The issue has bounced around various states' court systems for years, with some judges ruling that inmates cannot be forcibly medicated just so they can be executed, and others saying they can. But in Texas, the nation's No. 1 death penalty state, prosecutors haven't pushed the issue. Mentally ill inmates are periodically re-examined for improvement, but some prosecutors opt to let them serve a de facto life sentence. Tarrant County prosecutors Chuck Mallin and Jim Gibson decided on a different route for Mr. Staley. "We're going to go after anybody who's been sentenced to death," said Mr. Mallin, chief of the
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Fight Looms Over - Comments | Recommended Fight looms over meds for condemned man 01:20 AM CDT on Monday By DIANE JENNINGS The Dallas Morning News

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