Feds Seek to Forcibly Medicate Defendant for Trial

5 years 7 months 2 days ago Saturday, December 15 2012 Dec 15, 2012 Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:41:00 PM CST December 15, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to order the forced medication of a man accused of bringing fake explosives into Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Anthony Falco was detained Sept. 11, 2011, after baggage screeners noticed something suspicious in a carry-on bag and asked to take a look. Falco refused, and a bomb squad later determined the items in the bags were not explosives.

Falco has twice been found incompetent to stand trial, but has not been deemed a danger to himself or others. That means he can't be involuntarily committed, but he's also unfit to stand trial.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled judges can order a defendant to be involuntarily medicated, but only under certain circumstances.

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