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Utah Supreme Court puts hold on forced medication

Utah Supreme Court puts hold on forced medication



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There will be no forced medication for a woman accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, at least not until the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it wants to get involved.

The Utah Supreme Court issued the order Monday, agreeing with a request from Wanda Barzee's attorneys.

The state Supreme Court had upheld a lower court ruling that tells doctors to forcibly medicate Barzee to try to make her mentally fit to stand trial.

But her attorneys now are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The nation's highest court could decide by summer if it wants to get involved.

Barzee and Brian David Mitchell are charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault in the abduction of Smart in 2002.

They were arrested in March 2003, walking the streets of a Salt Lake City suburb with the teenager in tow.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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