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NCJ Number: 160302 Find in a Library
Title: Denouement of an Execution Competency Case: Is Perry Pyrrhic?
Journal: Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:269-284
Author(s): D Mossman
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In its 1982 ruling in State v. Perry, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the State could not force condemned, mentally ill inmates to take medication to make them competent to be executed.
Abstract: This article summarizes the case, reviews the Court majority's conception of neuroleptic therapy and its role in Perry's psychiatric care, and discusses the impact of the decision on subsequent cases. The author suggests that the Court's ruling was based less on a logical understanding of antipsychotic medication than on the Court's desire to uphold the death penalty. Psychiatrists can learn from the majority's written opinions how certain characterizations of psychotic symptoms and neuroleptic therapy can lend themselves to distortion and misperception. 113 notes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Louisiana; Mentally ill offenders; State supreme courts
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