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October 13, 2011


Harold A. Maio

The three-judge panel found that Charles’ appeal was moot. She was released from a city hospital several weeks after she was first committed in 2009, so the court found that she had already received the relief she wanted.

Being held is not an issue, only being released? Strange measure.

Harold A. Maio

Harold A. Maio

It is a wholly unamusing story, changing someone from voluntary to involuntary status or blackmailing someone to remain voluntary with the threat of making them involuntary occurs every day. Defense is almost impossible, defintion lies soley in the hands of psychiatrists.

For Lois Curtis and Elaine WIlson it took the US Supreme Court to decide they should be freed. See "Olmstead."

Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor

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