St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Mon March 3, 2003

Supreme Court to Hear St. Louis Dentist's Case

Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments
over whether a Missouri dentist can be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs to make him well enough to stand trial.

Charles Sell and his wife are accused of submitting bogus claims to Medicaid and private insurance companies for dental services.

Sell remains locked up in a prison psychiatric unit, diagnosed with a delusional disorder.

No one disputes that he's too mentally unstable to stand trial.

But there is disagreement over whether medication will help him and whether he is dangerous.

A decision from the high court in Sell's case could affect similar cases -- such as whether people could be forced to be
vaccinated against anthrax.