Project Release v. Prevost
Federal Supplement 551: 1298-1310
A self-help organization of current and former mental patients brought an action challenging the constitutionality of voluntary, involuntary, and emergency commitment procedures under the New York Mental Hygiene Law. The Eastern District Court of New York ruled that the procedures comply with substantive due process even though they require neither a showing that the patient has engaged in a recent act manifesting imminent dangerousness nor a guarantee that commitment will afford the patient a realistic opportunity to improve or be cured. The federal court also found that the statute's failure to provide shorter time periods before judicial review, a privilege against self-incrimination, and stricter safeguards protecting the patient's right to refuse treatment did not amount to a violation of substantive due process. (KIE abstract)
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Memorandum re: Release of the OTA Report on the Issues Surrounding the Project to Sequence and Map the Xurnan Genome; in Particular, an Examination of the Scientific and Technical Needs and Benefits of Such a Project, How this Effort Should be Funded and Coordinated, and the Ethical and Social Issues., April 27, 1988 United States House of Representatives. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (1988-04-27)