Court OKs forced drugging of death row inmates

July 22, 2008 5:40:05 PM PDT
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says the state may force two death row inmates to take anti-psychotic drugs to make them mentally competent to proceed with their cases. The high court, by a 4-2 decision, overturned rulings by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in two similar cases.

Thavirak Sam was convicted of killing his mother-in-law, brother-in-law and 2-year-old niece in 1989. Herbert Watson was convicted of the 1982 shooting death of his estranged girlfriend. Both were sentenced to death but later found incompetent to participate in appeals filed on their behalf.

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