Federal authorities can't force a mentally ill bank robbery suspect to take an anti-psychotic drug that could make him competent to stand trial, because the side effects might be harmful, a federal judge has ruled. While the ruling makes no new law, the case is unusual because the authorities have determined that the man does not pose a danger to himself or others. In those cases, it's easier for the government to win the right to administer the drugs by arguing medical necessity.
Defendant Can't Be Forced to Take Drug to Make Him Fit for Trial, Judge Rules
New Jersey Law Journal
November 12, 2008