Civ. A. No. 3195-N.

334 F.Supp. 1341 (1971)

Ricky WYATT, by and through his Aunt and legal guardian Mrs. W. C. Rawlins, Jr., et al., Plaintiffs, v. Dr. Stonewall B. STICKNEY, as Commissioner of Mental Health and the State of Alabama Mental Health Officer, et al., Defendants, United States of America et al., Amici Curiae.

United States District Court, M. D. Alabama, N. D.

December 10, 1971.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

George W. Dean, Jr., Destin, Fla., and Jack Drake, University, Ala., for the plaintiffs.

William J. Baxley, Atty. Gen., and Gordon Madison and J. Jerry Wood, Asst. Attys. Gen., State of Alabama, Montgomery, Ala., for the defendants.

David L. Norman, Asst. Atty. Gen., Civil Rights Div., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., and Ira DeMent, U. S. Atty., Montgomery, Ala., for amicus curiae, The United States of America.

James F. Fitzpatrick, Jeffery D. Bauman and Stephen M. Sacks, of Arnold & Porter, Washington, D. C., Charles R. Halpern, Washington, D. C., and Bruce J. Ennis, New York City, for amici curiae the American Psychological Assn., American Orthopsychiatric Assn., and American Civil Liberties Union.


JOHNSON, Chief Judge.

In this class action, originally filed in behalf of patients involuntarily confined for mental treatment purposes at Bryce Hospital, Tuscaloosa, Alabama,1 this Court on March 12, 1971, in a formal opinion and decree, 325 F.Supp. 781, among other things, held:

The patients at Bryce Hospital, for the most part, were involuntarily committed through non-criminal...


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