Lawyers Ask Judge to Force-Feed Suspect
Lawyers for the city of San Francisco will ask a judge to stop a murder suspect's hunger strike
TO GO WITH India-science-defence-food-offbeat,FOCUS by Rajesh Joshi
In this undated handout image provided by Sterling Hospitals on April 26, 2010, Indian patient Prahlad Jani (Mataji), who claims he has survived without food and water for more than seven decades, is pictured at Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad on April 26, 2010. A multidisciplinary study is being led by Defense Institute of Physiology & Allied Science (DIPAS) neurologist Sudhir Shah to examine the man, believed to be in his 80s, and the claim he has maintained a hunger strike, without water, for several decades. Jani was first examined at the hospital in 2003. A team of military doctors backed by India's national defence research centre are studying an 83-year-old holy man who claims to have spent seven decades surviving without food or water. The long-haired and bearded yogi, Prahlad Jani, has been sealed in a hospital in the western city of Ahmedabad where he is under 24-hour observation by 30 doctors and will be subjected to a series of
So much for hunger strikes.
Lawyers for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office will ask a judge to force-feed a double-murder suspect in order to keep him alive, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Hong Ri Wu, 57, a former merchant at Fisherman's Wharf, is accused of shooting two rival business owners on Jan. 31. He confessed to the killings to the police who arrested him.
He's currently in a jail unit at San Francisco General Hospital, according to the newspaper, where he has for a month been subsisting on nothing more than water. He is also reportedly suicidal.
Hospital officials say that they do not force patients to eat or do perform other tasks which the patients do not want to do, according to reports.
The City Attorney will ask a judge to intervene in Wu's case and force-feed him to keep him alive before trial, the newspaper reported. The arguments will be made Friday.
Published at 11:53 AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011
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