by David W. Oaks — last modified 2008-11-13 10:40
Today is Wednesday. And that means Ray had another of his weekly involuntary outpatient electroshocks. I talked to him, and also talked to the Governor’s office.
“My 33rd electroshock today.”
One of the toughest times is when I talk to someone who is about to have involuntary electroshock.
Ray Sandford talked to me before his involuntary electroshock the other day. And then again today, Wednesday afternoon, I talked to him after his electroshock.
He told me he was told today was his 33rd electroshock in this series, which may mean he has been receiving “maintenance” electroshock for more than six months.
Meanwhile, Jeremy in our office found an example of a court order in 2002 in Minnesota precisely on involuntary electroshock. While client personal information was removed, and it does look legitimate, we did not get this directly from the court so we cannot vouch for its authenticity.
Note that in number 3 of the “facts” is the statement that persistent memory loss can be “fully mitigated” by relearning information, a totally unscientific statement. Of course, plenty of scientific studies show that even newer types of electroshock can result in persistent memory problems that are impossible to “fix.” That a finding of “fact” in a court order could be so bizarrely unscientific shows the astounding power imbalance for people on the receiving end of electroshock, who often lack aggressive and professional legal representation.
Meanwhile, I spoke to several people in the Minnesota government, including Minn. Dept. of Human Rights. They have a narrow focus on discrimination, but I got Ray on three-way call and he plans to file a complaint.
Thank you to everyone who has called. Please keep your calls to the Governor’s office civil and strong. While you can call at any time, please be prepared for another phone-in on this coming Wednesday. Hopefully we won’t need to do that, but the way things are going we may need to phone every Wednesday for some time.
Governor Tim Pawlenty