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 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
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    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: Death: Taxi Driver Hangs Self: Another Open Verdict: …

    NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

    There should be warnings that anyone who has had a problem
    with alcohol or illegal drugs should NEVER take antidepressants! The drugs
    should be contraindicated for this group of people. They suffer the worst side
    effects. And the question should always be in the cases, “Which came first the
    alcohol problems or the antidepressant that causes alcoholcravings?”

    ____________________________________
    Paragraph one reads:  “A KIDDERMINSTER man found hanging
    in his home suffered from anxiety and depression, an inquest into his death

    heard.”

    Paragraph four reads:  “The 46-year-old unemployed taxi
    driver was seeing psychiatrists for his mental health problems and
    was taking anti depressants.”

    http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/4661282.Open_verdict_for_Kidderminster_man_found_hanging/

    Open verdict for Kidderminster man found hanging

    10:14am Friday 2nd October 2009

    A KIDDERMINSTER man
    found hanging in his home suffered from anxiety and depression, an inquest into
    his death heard.

    Dean Haigh, of Dunclent Crescent, who the inquest heard
    had problems with alcohol, was found by his son Jason, at about 11am, on August
    2.

    The inquest at Stourport also heard that days before his death, Mr
    Haigh seemed “very” upset and had a number of things on his mind but did not
    mention that he wanted to take his own life.

    The 46-year-old unemployed
    taxi driver was seeing psychiatrists for his mental health problems and was
    taking anti depressants.

    Deputy Coroner, Margaret Barnard, said: “The
    report provided by the consultant psychiatrist assessed that each time Mr Haigh
    had contact with his mental health doctors, the risk assessment did not reveal
    any active thoughts of suicide.”

    She added that she was not satisfied
    beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Haigh wanted to take his own life and recorded
    an open verdict.

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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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    CELEXA: Death: Probably a Suicide: Day After Leaving Hospital: England

    Paragraph nine reads:  “Consultant pathologist Dr Dariusz Golka said the cause of death was overdose of the anti-depressant citalopram  [Celexa].”

    http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Man-took-overdose-a-day.5545843.jp

    Man took overdose a day after hospital

    Published Date: 12 August 2009

    A MAN died from a fatal overdose less than 24 hours after being released from hospital, an inquest heard.

    Philip John Bromley, of Handsworth Road in North Shore, was found on his kitchen floor by his daughter on the morning of July 29, 2007.

    An ambulance was called, but paramedics could not save the 40-year-old former civil servant.

    Blackpool Coroner’s Court was told the previous day he had taken anoverdose of blue tablets – later revealed to be benzodiazepines he had bought on the street – crushed up into a drink.

    His daughter had called an ambulance after finding him seeming like he was drunk, “slurring” and with blue staining on his lips.

    He was discharged from hospital later that night.

    The locum doctor who treated him had told the inquest Mr Bromley, who suffered mental health problems and was under the crisis team from Lancashire Care Trust, said his observations, clinical condition and blood samples were normal.

    Mr Bromley was seen by the mental health night practitioner at the hospital, who stated in a report about the incident he had assessed Mr Bromley and although he indicated he had on-going difficulties, he denied any suicidal intent.

    Consultant pathologist Dr Dariusz Golka said the cause of death was overdose of the anti-depressant citalopram.

    Coroner Anne Hind said she could only record the verdict Mr Bromley took his own life. She said: “It is very concerning how easily available such drugs are.”

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