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June 16, 2024, Update:
David Is Getting Electroshocked Repeatedly

Jim Gottstein has been speaking with David most days since April 29th .  Before he was electroshocked on Thursday, June 13th, David did not exhibit any memory deficits.  David did complain about the drugging affecting his thinking.  After he was electroshocked against his will on Thursday David said it took him 30 minutes to remember where he was and had a splitting headache.  It is believed David was electroshocked against his will again the next day, Friday.  Normally, electroshock is not given two days in a row.  David was very disoriented, he couldn’t remember what day it was and was unclear on when he had been electroshocked.   He was sure he had been electroshocked twice.  When I talked to him later in the day, he didn’t remember he had talked to me earlier in the day. On Saturday, June 15th, David was feeling a little better, but was still having problems with his memory.  Today, Sunday, June 16th, David says his memory has come back some, he is groggy and sore all over.

He understands they are going to continue to electroshock him against his will this coming week.  Throughout this whole time David has said he is “scared shitless” as he saw someone being electroshocked to the point where they couldn’t talk and needed help eating.  The brain damage from electroshock is cumulative, so the fewer electroshocks the better.  David is a software engineer and he is legitimately worried the electroshock will make him unable to do that any more.

In addition to continuing to urge Dr. Schak to stop having David electroshocked against his will, you can contact Gianrico Farrugia, MD, Mayo’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by e-mail mailing him at Farrugia.gianrico@mayo.edu.   Christina Zorn is Mayo’s Chief Administrative Officer and her e-mail address might be zorn.christina@mayo.org.  Jim Gottstein e-mailed her, requesting a delivery receipt, which he has not received, nor has he received a bounce message.

Also, please contact Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz and ask him to have the forcible electroshocking of David Russell stopped.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz
130 State Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155
Fax:(612)296-2089
Tel:(612)296-3391
email: tim.walz@state.mn.us
web: http://www.state.mn.us

Alternate Telephone Numbers

Telephone:  651-201-3400
Toll Free:  800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay:  800-627-3529

Even though it is hard to imagine things getting worse for David, please recognize that he is at risk of retaliation and you are supporting David under the MindFreedom banner, so we ask you to take these into account when you call or write.

We will appreciate it if you leave a comment below with a copy of your e-mail and/or a description of your phone call or whatever else you might have done on David’s behalf and the response, if any.  Our system requires approval of comments so it will take a bit for it to show up.

June 13, 2024, Updates
Tell Dr. Schak and Others to Stop the Shock

Noon Central Time.  Another volunteer has identified the following Mayo Trustees’ e-mail addresses.

Jim Gottstein’s e-mail to Michael Powell, the chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees, might be useful in drafting e-mails to these trustees.  It might also be useful to keep in mind these are all MDs.

10:40 AM Central Time.  Jim Gottstein talked to David and he was electroshocked.  He said it took him 30 minutes to remember where he was, has a splitting headache and other typical electroshock negative effects.

10:20 AM Central Time.  It appears Dr. Schak changed her e-mail address and it is now Schak.Kathryn@mayo.edu.

10:00 AM Central Time.  One of our volunteers tells us the phone number of the Medical Secretary to Dr. Schak is 507-255-2326. Calls could be made to Dr. Schak there.

3:00 AM Central Time.  David Russell is scheduled to be electroshocked against his will in a few hours, presumably on the order of the psychiatrist assigned to him, Kate Schak.  It is believed Schak testified in court to obtain the court order and then in the face of our efforts to stop it told David she had decided against it.  On May 8th, Jim Gottstein wrote to Schak asking her to get the court order revoked (vacated) because David was concerned Dr. Schak or someone else might change their mind.  That certainly proved prescient.

Jim Gottstein just wrote Dr. Schak again, demanding that she stop the shock.  She can almost certainly still stop the shock as of the time this is posted.  Please e-mail or call Dr. Schak to stop the shock.  Her e-mail address is schak.kate@mayo.org. [Note: This is a bad address.  Use Schak.Kathryn@mayo.edu instead]  You can also try calling her at (507) 255-5555.  This is where the Mayo Clinic has locked David up.  If you can’t get through to her, please leave a message for her to stop the electroshocking of David Russell.

Please leave a comment below with a copy of your e-mail and/or a description of your phone call or whatever else you might have done on David’s behalf.  Our system requires approval of comments so it will take a bit for it to show up.

Thank you for your support of David.

June 12; 2024, Update
Betrayal: David to be Electroshocked Tomorrow

Today, June 12th, around 2:00 PM, David was informed they are going to start electroshocking him against his will tomorrow.  They wouldn’t answer any of his questions, such as how many times they plan to electroshock him, what they expect to accomplish, or even why they decided to subject him to electroshock when they had previously informed him they were not going to.  David suspects it is because he has been telling them about the corruption he has knowledge of.  Even if David is incorrect about the corruption, it is no justification for electroshocking him.  If it is true, which probably at least some of it is, the electroshock could erase his memory about it.  Electroshock is sometimes used for just this sort of purpose.  David witnessed another patient who was rendered unable to talk by electroshock and is terrified of that happening to him.  Whether it gets that bad or not, Electroshock always causes brain damage, usually causing at least some memory loss.  It is unpredictable, but many people are brain damaged so much they can no longer engage in their profession or are otherwise disabled.

It is unlikely Mayo Clinic executives and especially trustees know about the despicable actions of their employees and this should be brought to their attention.  The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Michael Powell.  Powell is the President & CEO of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, and is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The e-mail address we have found for him is mpowell@ncta.commpowell@ncta.com

You can look at the e-mail Jim Gottstein sent Mr. Powell. Please let us know what you do on David’s behalf by putting it in the comments.  Copying and pasting e-mails work.  The system requires us to review comments so it might take a bit of time before it shows up.

We expect to be updating this page frequently in the next day or so with additional people to contact to try and stop the Mayo Clinic from electroshocking David.  It is hoped Mr. Powell, or Eric Schmidt for that matter, who ran Google for ten years and is now the executive chairman of its parent company, would not be happy about bad publicity over this.  If you find information on how to contact Mr. Schmidt, or other members of the board of trustees, please let us know.  It also seems like a social media campaign could be good–if we got some reach with it.  We could use some help with that, too.  If you initiate or participate in a social media campaign to stop David from being electroshocked, please also put that in the comments or otherwise let us know.

 

May 8, 2024 Update:
Success!!!–At Least for Now

David just informed us he has been told they are no longer planning to electroshock him and going to work on discharge planning to a theoretically slightly less restrictive environment.  YOU HAVE DONE IT!!!   There is no doubt David would have been electroshocked against his will without your efforts on his behalf. David wants everyone to know how appreciative he is.  David said he called many agencies supposedly standing up for people’s rights and no one cared until he reached MindFreedom.  He said he can’t believe people who don’t even know him have tried to help him.  When he has a chance, he plans to thank us in the comments section.

The court order will likely still be hanging over David’s head so that is of some concern, but for now we should stand down from the advocacy.  If they change their minds again David will try to let us know and we can start the advocacy again.  We will also try to keep in touch with David just to make sure.

David is still trapped by the guardianship imposed on him and it would be great if he could get out from under that.


May 7, 2024, David Russell Alert Update:
Progress?

This evening David informed us his new psychiatrist, Kate Schak, who testified in favor of electroshocking David against his will on Monday, told him today they were thinking about not going forward with the electroshock.  While not definitive, it does seem hopeful.  We had asking the president/CEO of the Mayo Clinic to stop his organization from electroshocking David against his will on deck as the next action to take and Mr. Gottstein’s e-mail to Dr. Farrugia is in the comments below.  It is still okay to e-mail Dr. Farrugia, but with the thrust being they should indeed decide not to electroshock Mr. Russell and inform him so.  Dr. Farrugia’s e-mail address is probably Farrugia.gianrico@mayo.edu.


May 6, 2024, David Russell Alert Update:
Forced Electroshock Authorized

The court authorized the forced electroshocking of David Russell today.  We understand the lawyer did not present any evidence against electroshock to rebut the untruthful testimony of the doctor.  David’s statements about the harms were ignored, presumably as a product of his “mental illness,” i.e., that he was delusional in believing electroshock is harmful. There were at least eight people from MindFreedom who tried to attend the Zoom hearing, told they had been changed to observers but not let in.  There were probably more who haven’t informed Jim Gottstein.  If you are one of those people, you might drop in a comment below.   We are not giving up.


May 5, 2024, Update — Zoom Into Hearing?

The court hearing to authorize electroshocking David against his will is scheduled for 10:00 AM Central Time, Monday, May 6th.  We have found out it is going to be held by Zoom that one can join using ID Number 1613247575 and Pass Code 246968.  We don’t know if you will be thrown out if you join the Zoom, but it could have a salutary effect on the participants to know that people are watching what they are doing.   Court rules will generally not allow you to speak.  We don’t know if chat will be enabled.   If it is enabled, we know it will be hard to be civil in light of what they plan to do to David, but please be courteous and respectful in spite of that.  You can comment about your experience of and observations about the hearing at the bottom of this page.  Our system requires approval of comments so it may take a little while before it shows up.

It is conceivable they will cancel or postpone the court hearing at the last minute.  That is what happened Thursday when there was a retention hearing scheduled on whether to continue locking up David.  The last we heard, David has not been told of the reason for the delay.  Maybe his  appointed lawyer just agreed to have David continued to be locked up?  However, we don’t see anything to that effect on the docket sheet.


May 2, 2024, Update

David signed a release of information to provide information to James B. Gottstein, Esq., of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights), but they won’t honor it, saying only his guardian can.  This is another reason to contact Mike Hanratty at Catholic Charities, David’s Guardian.  His phone number is 507-454-2270, and his e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.  Jim Gottstein e-mailed Mr. Hanratty asking him to send him the Electroshock Petition and sign an Authorization for Release of Information to communicate with Jim.  This e-mail is in the comments below.  So, today’s action is to contact Mr. Hanratty and demand (respectfully) that he send Mr. Gottstein the Electroshock Petition and sign an Authorization for Release of Information.  His phone number is 507-454-2270, and his e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.   You can post your e-mail and/or describe your phone conversation or voice mail in the comment section below.  Our system requires moderation so it may take a bit for your comment to show up.


May 1, 2024 Update

May 1, 2024. At this point, the prime suspect for who filed the Electroshock Petition is Rob Morgan, the psychiatrist in charge of David where he is locked up at the Mayo Clinic.  His e-mail address is Morgan.Robert@mayo.edu.  We don’t have his direct phone number, but Jim Gottstein was able to reach him by calling the Unit at (507) 255-5555 and asking for Dr. Morgan.  Dr. Morgan didn’t deny he had filed the Electroshock Petition and Jim asked him to withdraw it.  Jim then e-mailed him, which is posted in the comments below.

Please e-mail and/or call Dr. Morgan and ask him to withdraw or dismiss the Electroshock Petition.  While it is good to be firm and direct about the harm inflicted by Electroshock, please be respectful and courteous,.  You can then post what you e-mailed, or describe your phone call or voicemail, in the comments.  If you previously  contacted Catholic Charities and have yet to post what you did in the comments, you still can.  Speaking of Catholic Charities, as David’s Guardian, it should vehemently oppose the Electroshock Petition.  They should not be let off the hook even if they didn’t file the Electroshock Petition.  Mike Hanratty is the Program Director of the Catholic Charities guardianship program, his phone number is 507-454-2270, and his e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.


April 30, 2024 Update

Catholic Charities denies it filed the Electroshock Petition and has been asked to vehemently oppose it and to identify who did.  See, the exchange in the comment by Jim Gottstein below.


Shield Alert: Stop David Russell
from being forcibly electroshocked

April 29, 2024.  David Russel is terrified.  He is currently a psychiatric prisoner at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and there is a court hearing scheduled for this coming Monday, May 6th, where they are on track to get a court order through a sham legal process to electroshock him against his will.  David is terrified because he saw another patient who was electroshocked who now can’t even talk.

They really have David boxed in, taking his rights away through a guardianship/conservatorship and assigning him the same lawyer in both cases, who does nothing on his behalf according to David and as far as we can tell.  Having a guardian means David is not allowed to make his own decisions, essentially putting him in the position of a small child with the guardian taking the place of his parents.  The Conservator has control of David’s assets, including his income and bank account.  David is an employed software engineer and the guardianship/conservatorship is absurd, bud sadly we see this all the time.

He is currently forced to take Zyprexa and has experienced the typical large weight gain associated with it.  Zyprexa also dramatically increases the risk of diabetes.  Previously, he was forced to take Risperdal, which has caused his breasts to swell up and lactate.  This is called gynecomastia and is a well-established consequence of taking Risperdal.

This is all terrible and it would be great for David to be freed, both physically from psychiatric incarceration and forced drugging, and from the guardianship, but right now he desperately wants to avoid being electroshocked.  We are still trying to find contact information for some of the people we would like to influence, but we do know Catholic Charities has been appointed guardian over David.  The person there who is making decisions about David’s life is Brittany Dannehy whose phone number is 507-454-2270 ext. 241 and e-mail address is bdannehy@ccsomn.org.  Mike Hanratty, is the Program Director of Catholic Charities’ euphemistically named Adult Advocacy Program and his phone number is 507-454-2270 and e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.

David says he has not been given the electroshock petition, even though it is almost certainly legally required that he be given it.  We can’t know for sure, but the Minnesota statute about the Guardian’s Power (see § (c)(4)(ii)) says it is the Guardian who is to file a petition for electroshock, so it seems good to call and e-mail Ms. Dannehy and Mr. Hanratty demanding that they withdraw the petition for electroshocking David against his will.  Information on Electroshock is available here that might be useful in crafting e-mails or for phone calls.  What they are planning on doing to David is truly barbarous and the United Nations has determined it can constitute torture (see ¶ 14) so it is right to be angry, but still please be courteous and respectful.   If Catholic Charities did not file the Forced Electroshock Petition they can deny it and if so, should be asked who did.  :Please let us know.

You can leave comments below about steps you have taken and things you have learned and check back for updates.

134 Comments

  1. Please Dr Farrugia

    Do not electroshock Mr David Russell against his will and please let him know this at the earliest possible.

    Undue stress and aggravation of anyone’s psychological distress surely is not warranted not decent and surely not in David Russell’s interests as a fellow human being with a right to choices in healthcare and full citizenship and self agency.

    God willing David Russell will not be electroshocked against his will and all forced and not consented to actions will be stopped immediately and you may be able to receive the wisdom of many who have written to stand up for Mr David Russell including mental health professionals ,lawyers and people of lived experience who vehemently opposed this outdated and inhumane electrical shocking of people’s brains. Nor should it be continued by clinics in any case with a conflict of interest of any kind in the name of research or teaching or any such experiments including supporting big pharmaceutical companies with compliant subjects effectively being electrically and chemically labotomised and deprived of free will over their own brains and bodies not to mention self agency, supported decision making, basic human rights under the ill thought premise that psychiatry is “right”. Please consider the damage and harm being instrumentally placed as a burden onto people just trying to get on with their lives without forced drugging and electroshock and other unhelpful strategies like using the legal system to incarcerate and increase the profit margins of clinics such as Mayo staying open.
    At the expense of other men and women’s lives and brains.

    Please refresh your memory on the letters and appeals for Mr David Russell and consult the likes of the experts that do know the harm of electroshocking from their own lives experiences or in advocating for others and helping to support the “patients ” who are being subject to this torture under the Geneva Convention Human rights..see Jim Gottstein Esq. refers to as well as countless others holding those responsible and accountable for this harm to humanity.

    Please 🙏 stop the electroshocking of David Russell against his will and kindly advise him of this essential
    de-escalation of events not only for his peace of mind and in the real interests of his well being which surely should be at the heart of the matter but in the interests of anyone seeking help that it is by their own choices on a client centred patient centred approach. This is not about power and control.
    This is about justice mercy and appropriate action to stop 🛑 electroshocking of Mr David Russell against his will

    If this was you would you seriously entertain this being done against your own will ,would any doctor think it right to do this in direct opposition of the their own consent for such barbaric experiments and procedures against your will for yourselves?

    Please stop and let David Russell know.

    It is also a known issue that peer support and such voluntary basis assistance for people especially could easily be provided outside the biomedical model and with my own experience of neurodiversity with no evidence of previous incorrect mental health diagnosis being evident since experiencing supportive psychology in my instance and being able to process normal life events and transitions such as becoming distressed ( normal emotional responses allowed to process such as grief or on any loss or difficult circumstances of shock or distress ) without forced drugging , not electroshock needed in life I know I should have much earlier had opportunities to seek help in this way without the interference of psychiatry. Sadly I now hope for the younger generation who may try have their mental health and neurodevelopmental rights respected as clearly many I T professionals have unfortunately already been exploited on their bright approach and cognitive ability whilst also being persecuted when they engage with any emotional distress that does not warrant electroshocking brain cells to make them more compliant for further psychiatric experimentation or to support salaries that support careers that rely on this continued non evidence based torture .. as a conflict of interest in pursuing this kind of maltreatment.
    Anyone can invent studies and collaborate with others to support an argument that can be said to be scientifically proven.

    Please stop the electroshocking against Mr David Russell’s will.

    This is also an abuse being perpetrated on people vulnerable with disability and autism and ADHD and trauma responses. Particularly I would argue clinical settings are a source of trauma and are intended to force people into Jon consensual situations to benefit financial interests and a kind of medicine that causes distress and furthers the experience of trauma and for those on the spectrum a deep sense of distrust and fear is palpable in these settings and for lack of understanding.

    Please stop the forced and non consented electric shocking of Mr David Russell.
    I appeal to you Dr Farrugia this is so important and urgent please make a stand for mercy and justice.

    Thankyou for all consideration in this matter.
    It is hard to respect a clinic that carries out these practices but with respect I appeal to your better nature and prat to God for giving this thought and taking the right action to respect David’s will and agency as a young man that really needs to be getting back to his life with the right supports and his psychiatric rights respected.

    Please advise Mr Russell of his not being electroshock so he may be relieved of the obvious distress this is causing him

    Kind regards
    Sincerely
    Claire Gaudry

  2. To: Farrugia.gianrico@mayo.edu
    Dear Dr. Farrugia,
    One of your patients, David Russell, reached out to MindFreedom to help him avoid
    being electroshocked against his will by the organization you run, the Mayo Clinic. There
    was a hearing yesterday, May 6th, at which the judge ruled in favor of granting the petition
    to electroshock Mr. Russell against his will (Electroshock Petition).
    Mr. Russell says he was never given a copy of the Electroshock Petition.
    Electroshock is not effective for more than a short time, at best, and always harmful,
    although the degree of harm varies. The harm is cumulative.
    The United Nations has concluded Electroshock can constitute torture in violation of
    International Law. See, UN Human Rights Council. (19 June 2020). “Mental Health and
    Human Rights: Resolution 43/13 Adopted 19 June 2020.” A/HRC/RES/43/13. Geneva:
    United Nations; UN Human Rights Council. (20 Mar 2020). Torture and Other Cruel,
    Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Report of the Special Rapporteur.
    A/HRC/43/49. Geneva: United Nations; Méndez, Juan E. (4 Mar 2013). “Statement By Mr.
    Juan E Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
    Treatment or Punishment, 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council of the United
    Nations.” Geneva: United Nations. See also the related Report of the Special Rapporteur
    on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Juan E.
    Méndez (2013), A/HRC/22/53. Geneva: United Nations.
    Please stop your organization from Electroshocking Mr. Russell against his will.
    Sincerely, nayan

  3. From: Jim Gottstein [mailto:jim.gottstein@psychrights.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 1:00 PM
    To: Farrugia.gianrico@mayo.edu
    Cc: jim.gottstein@psychrights.org
    Subject: Stop the Mayo Clinic From Electroshocking David Russell Against His Will

    Dear Dr. Farrugia,

    I am with the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) and work with MindFreedom, International. One of your patients, David Russell, reached out to MindFreedom to help him avoid being electroshocked against his will by the organization you run, the Mayo Clinic. There was a hearing yesterday, May 6th, at which the judge ruled in favor of granting the petition to electroshock Mr. Russell against his will (Electroshock Petition). I have spoken with Mr. Russell a number of times and he is terrified; he saw another patient electroshocked to the point where he could no longer even talk.

    Mr. Russell says he was never given a copy of the Electroshock Petition and when he signed an Authorization for Release of Information to provide me with it, it was not honored on the grounds that only his guardian can authorize the release of Mr. Russell’s medical information. I have otherwise tried to obtain a copy of the Electroshock Petition without success, but I have no doubt it is untruthful and the doctor testifying yesterday in support of it did so untruthfully, knowingly or not.

    Electroshock is not effective for more than a short time, at best, and always harmful, although the degree of harm varies. The harm is cumulative. See, January 24, 2011, PsychRights letter to the Food and Drug Administration and the Electroshock page on the PsychRights website.

    The United Nations has concluded Electroshock can constitute torture in violation of International Law. See, UN Human Rights Council. (19 June 2020). “Mental Health and Human Rights: Resolution 43/13 Adopted 19 June 2020.” A/HRC/RES/43/13. Geneva: United Nations; UN Human Rights Council. (20 Mar 2020). Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Report of the Special Rapporteur. A/HRC/43/49. Geneva: United Nations; Méndez, Juan E. (4 Mar 2013). “Statement By Mr. Juan E Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.” Geneva: United Nations. See also the related Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Juan E. Méndez (2013), A/HRC/22/53. Geneva: United Nations.

    Please stop your organization from Electroshocking Mr. Russell against his will.

    Sincerely,

    James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.
    President/CEO

    Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
    406 G Street, Suite 206
    Anchorage, Alaska 99501 USA
    (907) 274-7686
    https://psychrights.org

    The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will. Due to the massive psychiatric drugging of children and youth, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority. Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision. This is a national tragedy of immense proportions. PsychRights is seeking sufficient funding to increase its impact. See, Getting to the Next Level.

  4. I also sent emails to Mr Hanratty asking him to stop the forced Electro shocks on behalf of David Russell.

    I explained the dangers and serious after affects irreversible brain memory loss lack of cognitive function I am very saddened.

    Donna Carol Jeans

  5. Tried to attend on 2 different phones but only saw Judge Carmichael’s name. Observe that.
    Sorry David we are not giving up ever!
    So any kind of forced anything on anyone is abuse.
    What their doing is changing people’s diagnosis to schizoeffective bullshit so they can give um neuroleptic medication.
    Brian, David and my son Charles that I know of.
    Also forced meds and shock is discrimination , abuse and a human rights violation. Any Minnesotaians wanna go protest in front of St. Mary’s? Saint my ass.
    Sorry this is not fair. I did write a complaint to the UN today about David.Everyone should.

  6. I tried to log in to the Zoom hearing, was never let in. Last week I called and left messages for both individuals listed from Catholic Charities. I also wrote a letter to all the biomedical ethics faculty members at the University of Minnesota and asked them to write and call. I pointed out that David is being forcefully medicated and that these medications cause adverse reactions that are frequently misdiagnosed as “mental illness,” would be glad to share this email list if desired. One of them, Associate Professor Elizabeth Wrigley Field, replied that she is against forced ECT and that she would call and write. I have forwarded the biomedical faculty the latest update. Tonight, I am going to look for other UMN faculty to write to. I am an alumna. I will also be contacting a former colleague of mine at Case Western Reserve University who is on their biomedical ethics faculty there and sharing this page with them and will share this with the biomedical ethics faculty at Hiram College, the sociology department at Kent State University, and with the legal faculty at Case Western Reserve. I will call and write Dr. Morgan.

  7. I tried to join the hearing today but was late. I logged in around 10:15 and left at 10:22 as they had not let me into the hearing.

  8. I am another who attempted to join ZOOM court hearing today. I attempted to join as “Gregg T. Holliday, for D. Russell”. I was prompted to have screen name changed to observer, then I was not let in after 30 minutes of waiting past the 10:00 AM start time.

    I am disheartened to hear of the trial results.
    The successes of MFI are still many and I am grateful SHIELD alert is an available resource for all.

  9. I am one of the people that tried to attend the zoom court hearing. I put my name as Martha and my last name as David Russell. I waited for hours. I was told I had been made an observer by the host, but I never got to observe anything. What is the plan now? When do they plan to proceed with this torture?

    I am so tired of tyrannical psychiatry!!! It must stop!!! They threatened to do ECT on my 27-year-old son. One day I received a phone call from the psycho doctor and he said, “Tomorrow I’m going to court. I need a guardian advocate to sign for ECT. I would like that to be you, but if you are going to go against me and all the physicians at this hospital, I will have to replace you”. I am not a legal guardian for my son but they make me his medical proxy or guardian i guess, whenever he has been in the hospital. The term guardian for them means “YES MAN”!!! I am allowed to make my son’s medical decisions as long as I agree with them. How is this America?? Since my son has been in the evil system, I’ve learned that we are no longer the “land of the free”. Not as long as they are allowed to torture people behind closed doors like this. I am still praying this be reversed for David! Somehow I got my son out of that hospital without ECT, but not before he was under iv drip anesthesia precedex in ICU for two weeks straight- never allowed to even get out of the bed- and more drugs and more mess. I have more stories of injustice.

    • Freedom in this country is dead in many ways. This is only one of the more serious ways. The Libertarian Party platform condemns involuntary psychiatry. Please see LP dot org.

  10. I attempted to attend David Russell’s hearing today. I logged in at 8:05 am pacific (10:05 am central) and was finally let into the virtual courtroom at 11:47 am pacific (1:47 pm central). I didn’t see David Russell or his attorney so I figured that I was too late. Then, I read today’s Shield alert saying that the judge ordered David to undergo shock today. Somber news. Time to regroup for David.

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