No. 97-3812.

158 F.3d 947 (1998)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Ralph E. BRANDON, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Decided October 23, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Gary D. Arbeznik, Asst. U.S. Attorney (argued), Nancy L. Kelley (briefed), Office of U.S. Attorney, Cleveland, OH, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Gregory L. Poe (argued and briefed), Assistant Federal Public Defender's Office for District of Columbia, Washington, DC, for Defendant-Appellant.

Before: KEITH, RYAN, and GILMAN, Circuit Judges.


GILMAN, Circuit Judge.

Ralph E. Brandon, currently in jail awaiting trial on the criminal charge of sending a threatening letter through the mail, appeals from the district court's order denying him a judicial hearing on the issue of whether he may be forcibly medicated with antipsychotic drugs in order to render him competent to stand trial. The government asserts that Brandon's interlocutory appeal is premature and lacking in merit. For the reasons...

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