Courts: Mental Illness & Legal Remedies

To his co-workers at a Los Angeles aerospace plant, Herbert Hill seemed odder and odder. The angry exmarine, a purchasing expediter, refused to speak, neglected his work, shoved his chair at passersby, rejected all psychiatric help. Last month Hill's boss ap pealed to a special psychiatric court in the county general hospital. Hill was arrested, examined by two court psychiatrists, and diagnosed as a potentially dangerous schizophrenic. After an informal hearing, at which he was rep resented by a public defender, the court sent Hill to Camarillo State Hospital and scheduled a...

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