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From the Courts: Qualified Immunity Denied; Involuntary Medication Upheld  

Author:  Ken Kozlowski, J.D..

Source: Volume 22, Number 04, Fall 2021 , pp.75-77(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Our regular review of important court decisions includes three cases: one in which the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a nurse must face a civil rights suit by the estate of a 21-year-old detainee who died after vomiting for four days straight and receiving no medical attention other than being told to drink Gatorade (Estate of Jensen by Jenson v. Clyde, 989 F.3d 848, 10th Cir. 2021); a second from the same appeals court, where the court ruled that employees of a private contractor that provided medical services to detention facilities are not entitled to immunity from a lawsuit alleging inadequate care that led to a New Mexico prisoner’s stillbirth (Tanner v. McMurray, 989 F.3d 860, 10th Cir. 2021),); and a third case, from the 7th Circuit, in which a mentally ill Indiana inmate’s civil rights suit over being forced to take an antipsychotic drug against his wishes was dismissed despite his claim that he was allergic to the drug (Perry v. Sims, 990 F.3d 505, 7th Cir. 2021).

Keywords: Qualified Immunity Denied; Involuntary Medication Upheld; Estate of Jensen by Jenson v. Clyde; Tanner v. McMurray; Perry v. Sims

Affiliations:  1: Ohio Supreme Court Library.

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