Activists are seeking the presence of a member of the alternative media at a crucial hearing in the Ross County Courthouse in Chillicothe, Ohio August 9, 9 a.m. – ???. In light of the fact the Murphy bill [“Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis”] was sent to the U.S. Senate a couple of weeks ago, citizens may be interested in how an average young person with a mental illness label fares at the hands of local courts already having the power to keep him locked up for life. The outcome of the John Rohrer case coming to trial on August 9 in southern Ohio promises to shed light on what taxpayers can expect more of in the future should the Murphy bill pass.
For several years now, the alternative media has been covering the Rohrer matter and the massive amount of litigation it has generated. Rohrer, a 36 year old writer and composer, is well into his 7th year of psychiatric lockup for an assault he committed in 2009 on a man who had been groping him. Prior to the assault a government psychiatrist had been prescribing him many of the violence associated pharmaceuticals that Moore and Glenmullen identified as such in their 2011 Harvard study. In 2014, following 3 days of trial and a two month wait for a decision, Rohrer’s legal team was finally able to get him free from forced drugging. Today, although the records from the state lockup facility declare him “asymptomatic”, it seems that at some $2400+ per day of Medicaid/Medicare billing, Ohio’s mental illness system does not want to turn him loose. The Murphy bill promises to make forced psychiatry even more federally incentivized than it already is – and harder than ever to escape from. Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus Free Press is one of John’s trial attorneys. Several international organizations have filed amicus curiae briefs in the trial court. Other than the extreme legal effort that has been put into the legal efforts to free John Rohrer his case is typical of the due process rights violations common to “mental health” proceedings- even for those who have never done anything remotely violent. Here are some links to news articles and one recent interview featuring some of the litigation that the Rohrer cases have generated:
The Real Deal interview with James Fetzer
There is also a press release posted a few months ago about the pending perjury accusations against the state’s attorney and two of his witnesses for statements they made during the 2014 proceedings in the Rohrer confinement case: