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Order Reversed for Man to Forcibly Take Medication

Order Reversed for Man to Forcibly Take Medication

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An appeals court has ruled in favor of a Tremonton man accused of making death threats against LDS church president Gordon B. Hinckley.

Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an order temporarily that required Jay Richard Morrison to be forcibly medicated to make him mentally competent to stand trial.

The court has sent the case back to a federal judge in Salt Lake City to determine whether it's appropriate to involuntarily medicate Morrison.

Morrison was arrested in 2003 after allegedly threatening in posts to Internet chat rooms to kill the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other LDS church leaders.

Doctors determined him to be mentally incompetent and he was sent to a prison medical center for treatment. The forcible-medication order was issued after Morrison refused to take his medicine.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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