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Case No. 19-0757

In the Matter of K.S., Alleged to Be Seriously Mentally Impaired

K.S., Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Jonathon Munoz

Attorney for Appellee State

Gretchen Kraemer, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0757
Date Published:
Jan 09, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Kevin McKeever, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (6 pages)

            K.S., a felon in the custody of the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC), challenges the district court decision ordering him to be involuntarily hospitalized.  He contends although he has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, the record does not support finding he lacks sufficient judgment to make reasonable decisions on his treatment or is likely to injure himself or others if allowed to remain at liberty without treatment.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the State presented clear and convincing evidence K.S. suffers from a serious mental impairment and he lacks sufficient judgment to make treatment decisions and is likely to injure himself or others if allowed to remain at liberty within the prison system without treatment.  We affirm the order of commitment. 

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