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Charles C. Rouse v. Dale C. Cameron
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
373 F.2d 451 (1967)
In November 1962, Charles C. Rouse (plaintiff) was involuntarily committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for a misdemeanor conviction for carrying a dangerous weapon. The maximum sentence possible for Rouse’s conviction was one year; however, at the time he filed suit, he had been confined for four years. During his commitment, Rouse was treated with group and environmental therapy. Rouse filed a writ of habeas corpus against Dale C. Cameron (defendant), superintendent of the hospital, arguing that Rouse was not receiving adequate psychiatric treatment in violation of his constitutional rights. The district court found that there was no right to treatment. Rouse appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bazelon, C.J.)
Dissent (Danaher, J.)
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