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Ill Md. inmate can't be forced to undergo dialysis, court rules

A terminally ill state prison inmate cannot be forced to undergo kidney dialysis, Maryland's highest court has ruled.

The Court of Appeals ruled Monday in the case of Troy Reid, who is serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree rape at the Jessup Correctional Institute.

The court rejected the state's arguments that allowing Reid to refuse treatment would undermine security and discipline, and endanger the ethics of the medical profession.

Lower courts have taken the same position.

Reid claims he is dubious of the need for dialysis.

His lawyer is former Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stuart Simms. Simms tells The (Baltimore) Daily Record that Reid has been advised that his decision is risky but is prepared to accept the consequences.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 20, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maryland , Prison Beat  
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The man is basically telling you he wants to die, so go ahead and let him die. I mean he has a 40 year sentence and bad kidneys, so where is he going to go?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 20, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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