In Search of the Honest Executive: A View From the Top and the Middle
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Feb; 14(1): 2.
On 16 November 1983, a U.S. District Court judge granted the federal government's request that prison officials be allowed to force feed Ramon Sanchez, a hunger striking prisoner. Levine briefly describes the events leading to the court's involvement and summarizes the reasoning behind its decision. Declining to draw an analogy between the prisoner's refusing food and a patient's refusing life-prolonging treatment, the judge ruled that force feeding was permissible because Sanchez's hunger strike was motivated by his desire to escape prison and frustrate the authority of the courts, and not by religious or political convictions. (KIE abstract)
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