ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Court overturns conviction in 2005 child neglect case

When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
attempts.”

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    Court overturns conviction in 2005 child

    neglect case

    By Cy Ryan

    Fri, Jan 15, 2010 (3:40 p.m.)

    CARSON CITY – In a 2-1 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court has voided the
    second-degree murder conviction of Charlene Snyder in a highly publicized child

    neglect case in Las Vegas.

    The court said trial lawyer David Schieck failed to request a psychiatric
    evaluation prior to advising her to plead guilty.

    Snyder’s 2-year-old daughter, Adacelli, had cerebral palsy and weighed only
    11 pounds at the time of her death in the summer of 2005. She was found dead
    inside the family’s mobile home in a room filled with animal and human feces and
    rotting food.

    When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
    Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
    previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
    attempts.”

    The court said the lawyer was aware “of the highly unusual behavior she
    exhibited in allowing her home to, in effect, become a cesspool.

    In light of trial counsel’s knowledge, he was unreasonable in failing to
    request a psychiatric evaluation prior to counseling appellant (Snyder) to plead
    guilty.”

    Schieck had testified he did not order the evaluation because he believed
    Snyder was competent. The court said, “the standard for competency is not the
    same as that for insanity, nor is it relevant to appellant’s state of mind when
    her daughter died.”

    The court said a psychiatric evaluation may have supported the only line of
    defense for Snyder of “insanity or that she lacked the requisite state of
    mind.”

    The majority decision was signed Justices Michael Cherry and Michael Douglas.
    Dissenting was Justice Mark Gibbons, who said Snyder had not met her burden to
    show her lawyer was incompetent.

    Snyder, now 32, will return to district court in Las Vegas for new
    proceedings.

    Both Snyder and her boyfriend Jack Richardson, now 29, were sentenced to
    terms of 10 years to life on the second-degree murder conviction.

    Discussion: 2 comments so far…

    1. By LasVegasLawyerGal
      1/15/10 at 4:57 p.m.

      Of course, the part not mentioned by the article is that in practice,
      requesting a psych eval for one’s client means a transfer of the matter to
      Judge Glass–who rarely, if ever, finds anyone incompetent. This is not to
      dispute that attorneys should request psych evals when it appears to them that
      mental competency is in issue–but it is a bit rich for our Supreme Court to
      posit that a psych eval would have magically changed the outcome.

    2. By Launce
      1/16/10 at 4:19 p.m.

      LVLG is correct, but nonetheless, the Court shows some intestinal fortitude
      in sending this back to District Court. The mob’s hunger for blood
      notwithstanding, this is a clear example of someone who could not, should not
      be responsible for the care of a disabled infant. The mob wants to punish
      Snyder for the community’s failure to look out for the most
      vulnerable.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 20 Year Old Woman: England

    First two paragraphs read:  “A former Bolton School pupil
    who suffered from “dark moods” took a fatal overdose of
    anti-depressants,
    an inquest heard.

    Fay Turner died
    aged just 20
    in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.

    http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/districtnews/4763545.___Dark_moods____of_overdose_former_pupil/

    ‘Dark moods’ of overdose former pupil

    11:50am Friday
    27th November 2009

    A FORMER Bolton School pupil who suffered from “dark
    moods” took a fatal overdose of anti-depressants, an inquest heard.

    Fay Turner died aged just 20 in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.

    The overdose of prescribed medication was the latest in a number taken by Miss
    Turner, who had a history of mental health illnesses including anorexia and
    depression.

    Miss Turner’s father, Philip Turner, of Andrew Lane, Bolton,
    described his daughter as a bright girl.

    In her early teens she
    developed anorexia and was referred to the mental health services for help.

    But she left the private school with good GCSE
    results, he added.

    Mr Turner said: “She was complex, she was very
    bright, very perceptive. She did have image problems but at the same time she
    was very gregarious and popular.”

    Miss Turner dropped out of Turton

    School sixth form after doing the first year of her A-level course after her
    “mental health deteriorated”.

    At the time of her death, she was an art
    student at Bolton Community College, with aspirations to go to university to
    become a primary school art teacher.

    But the inquest heard she would
    react to problems in an “impulsive and spontaneous” way and had on previous
    occasions called an ambulance after taking an overdose.

    On July 20, Miss
    Turner was living in Rutland Drive, Bolton, after splitting from her boyfriend,
    Ashley Smith, aged 20.

    On that day they had a row and, he told the
    inquest, he left to go for a walk.

    When he arrived back at Rutland Drive
    he found empty tablet packets on the floor. He said that when Miss Turner came
    downstairs she was acting “really weird, slurring her words and stopping and
    starting sentences”.

    She tried to call for an ambulance, but Mr Smith
    stepped in and called the emergency services himself. Miss Turner died later in
    hospital.

    Assistant deputy coroner Peter Watson, recording an open
    verdict, was “not satisfied” she intended to take her life when she took the
    overdose.

    He added that despite support from her family, Miss Turner
    “acted impulsively and spontaneously to problems that confronted her” when
    suffering from “dark moods”.

    schaudhari@ theboltonnews.co.uk

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 20 Year Old Hangs Self – England

    Paragraph 11 reads: “A doctor in Birmingham prescribed
    Mr A’Court with anti-depressants on April 27,
    which he had been
    taking since April. He did not have a history of
    mental health problems.”

    http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/4590785.Flackwell_Heath_student_hanged_himself/

    Flackwell Heath student hanged himself

    11:13am
    Thursday 10th September 2009

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    By Lawrence Dunhill
    »

    A POPULAR student from Flackwell Heath hanged himself after the
    break-up with his girlfriend left him severely depressed, an inquest heard.

    Alexander A’Court killed himself in the garage of his family home The
    Beeches, Treadaway Road, on May 25.

    Mr A’Court was a pupil at John
    Hampden Grammar School
    before going to the University of Birmingham to study
    Geography.

    More than 500 friends have joined a Facebook group dedicated
    to him, which says “he was a great friend and will be missed by all.”

    The identity of Mr A’Court’s ex-girlfriend was not revealed. The inquest
    was shown a “suicide letter” which Mr A’Court had sent to her, but this it was
    not read out.

    The 20yearold had been unfaithful to the girlfriend, who
    ended their relationship on March 15, coroner Richard Hulett told the inquest at
    Amersham Law Courts yesterday.

    His father Stephen A’Court had to cut his
    son down from the roof of the garage. He told the inquest: “Alex was a long way
    from his problems in Birmingham, but in this electronic age of Facebook and
    mobile phones he was never able to separate himself from those problems.”
    Mobile phone records show that Mr A’Court telephoned his ex-girlfriend at
    1.03pm. It was estimated that he died soon after this.

    The inquest heard
    that Mr A’Court had seemed “positive” that morning and was planning a holiday
    before sharing some “light-hearted banter” with his brother Sam at around
    12.45pm.

    Stephen A’Court said he became concerned about his son’s mental
    health after the break-up of his relationship and encouraged him to seek medical
    help.

    A doctor in Birmingham prescribed Mr A’Court with anti-depressants
    on April 27, which he had been taking since April. He did not have a history of
    mental health problems.

    Mr A’Court was referred to a senior professor on
    May 14 but was diagnosed as a “low suicide risk”.

    Mr Hulett told the
    inquest: “The relationship became the be all and end all for Alex. He rapidly
    deteriorated into depression and severe mood swings.

    “It is dreadful and
    tragic that a 20yearold with such obvious prospects has chosen to take his
    life quite suddenly.”

    He found that Mr A’Court had taken his own life.

    Ashleigh Barton from London wrote on the Facebook page: “You were such a
    lovely guy and so loved by all. I don’t think it will ever sink in and I’ll
    never get my head around why. I just hope you’re happier now than you were when
    you were still here.”

    Tom Bowers, who also went to John Hampden Grammar,
    wrote: “I’ll never forget the way you went out of your way to help me fit in
    when I first started at Tesco, it meant so much and always will. You were always
    such a laugh and brilliant at putting a smile on anyone’s face.”

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS: 20 YEAR OLD HANGS SELF: NO HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS: UK

    Paragraph 11 reads: “A doctor in Birmingham prescribed Mr A’Court with anti-depressants on April 27,which he had been taking since April. He did not have a history of mental health problems.”

    http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/4590785.Flackwell_Heath_student_hanged_himself/

    Flackwell Heath student hanged himself

    11:13am Thursday 10th September 2009

    By Lawrence Dunhill »

    A POPULAR student from Flackwell Heath hanged himself after the break-up with his girlfriend left him severely depressed, an inquest heard.

    Alexander A’Court killed himself in the garage of his family home The Beeches, Treadaway Road, on May 25.

    Mr A’Court was a pupil at John Hampden Grammar School before going to the University of Birmingham to study Geography.

    More than 500 friends have joined a Facebook group dedicated to him, which says “he was a great friend and will be missed by all.”

    The identity of Mr A’Court’s ex-girlfriend was not revealed. The inquest was shown a “suicide letter” which Mr A’Court had sent to her, but this it was not read out.

    The 20-year-old had been unfaithful to the girlfriend, who ended their relationship on March 15, coroner Richard Hulett told the inquest at Amersham Law Courts yesterday.

    His father Stephen A’Court had to cut his son down from the roof of the garage. He told the inquest: “Alex was a long way from his problems in Birmingham, but in this electronic age of Facebook and mobile phones he was never able to separate himself from those problems.”

    Mobile phone records show that Mr A’Court telephoned his ex-girlfriend at 1.03pm. It was estimated that he died soon after this.

    The inquest heard that Mr A’Court had seemed “positive” that morning and was planning a holiday before sharing some “light-hearted banter” with his brother Sam at around 12.45pm.

    Stephen A’Court said he became concerned about his son’s mental health after the break-up of his relationship and encouraged him to seek medical help.

    A doctor in Birmingham prescribed Mr A’Court with anti-depressants on April 27, which he had been taking since April. He did not have a history of mental health problems.

    Mr A’Court was referred to a senior professor on May 14 but was diagnosed as a “low suicide risk”.

    Mr Hulett told the inquest: “The relationship became the be all and end all for Alex. He rapidly deteriorated into depression and severe mood swings.

    “It is dreadful and tragic that a 20-year-old with such obvious prospects has chosen to take his life quite suddenly.”

    He found that Mr A’Court had taken his own life.

    Ashleigh Barton from London wrote on the Facebook page: “You were such a lovely guy and so loved by all. I don’t think it will ever sink in and I’ll never get my head around why. I just hope you’re happier now than you were when you were still here.”

    Tom Bowers, who also went to John Hampden Grammar, wrote: “I’ll never forget the way you went out of your way to help me fit in when I first started at Tesco, it meant so much and always will. You were always such a laugh and brilliant at putting a smile on anyone’s face.”

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