|Monday, June 16, 2003|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, 314-721-1213|
Phyllis Schlafly, president of Eagle Forum, issued this statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Dr. Charles Thomas Sell.
"Attorney General John Ashcroft should immediately release Dr. Sell from federal prison as a result of today's Supreme Court decision. Dr. Sell has served more than five years in federal prison, some of it in solitary confinement, even though he has never been convicted of any crime and the Supreme Court admitted that he is not dangerous.
"Incredibly, Dr. Sell has served more time in federal prison that he would have served if he had been convicted of the original charges against him. This is a matter of human rights; we cannot permit America to be a country where the government is permitted to forcibly drug prisoners who have never been convicted and are not dangerous. Dr. Sell is not a terrorist; the original charges against him involved only one dentist's bills for Medicaid.
"The alleged purpose of the drugging was to prepare him for trial. The government claimed Dr. Sell was incompetent to stand trial because of his intemperate comments about government actions and his erratic behavior. Sell believes the government is out to get him because of his previous criticisms of government actions. The government wanted to drug Dr. Sell to make him "sane" enough to believe that the government is not out to get him.
"Is this America? Attorney General Ashcroft should go back to the business of chasing terrorists."
Eagle Forum had filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in behalf of Dr. Sell.