St. Louis Public Radio News
4:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Supreme Court Limits Forced Medication

Washington, DC – The decision came Monday in the case of a suburban St. Louis dentist. Prosecutors wanted to give drugs to Dr. Charles Sell to
make him well enough to stand trial on health fraud charges.

The 6-3 ruling means that the government will have to meet certain conditions before putting defendants on anti-psychotic
drugs before their trials. Justices said a lower court should reconsider whether the
government could medicate the 53-year-old Sell. He's been diagnosed with a delusional disorder.

Sell is accused of submitting bogus claims to Medicaid and private insurance companies for dental services. He was later
charged with conspiring and attempting to kill a witness - a former worker in his office - and the FBI agent who arrested him.