United States Eighth Circuit

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US v. Nicklas, 09-3784

The district court order that defendant be involuntarily medicated in order to restore his competency to stand trial is affirmed where: 1) because of the intertwined nature of defendant's mental disease and his crimes, it was reasonable for the government to presume defendant may persist in committing similar offenses, and the government had an important interest in preventing recidivism; and 2) because of the relationship between defendant's alleged crime and his mental disease, and because of his prior conviction on similar charges, the government also had a substantial interest in seeking a sentence of supervised release.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/05/2010
  • Published 11/05/2010


  • William J. Riley


  • United States Eighth Circuit