Defense: Forcing doctor to take medicine violates his rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An attorney for a mentally ill doctor charged with the murder of a Yale University physician has asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s ruling allowing the defendant to be medicated against his will so he can be competent to stand trial.

Mark Rademacher told the justices Thursday that the order to medicate Lishan Wang against his will violates a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling restricting the involuntary medication of defendants. The appeal says the forced medication also violates Wang’s constitutional rights.

Prosecutor Nancy Walker says the order is based on sound medical opinion.

Wang is charged with killing Dr. Vajinder (vah-JIHN’-der) Toor outside Toor’s Branford home in 2010 and shooting at Toor’s wife but missing.

A ruling by the Supreme Court is expected in a few months.

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