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Supreme Court / Mental Patients / Kenneth Donaldson Case #240709

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 26, 1975
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules harmless mental patients may not be confined without treatment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chattahoochee, Florida) Since 1972, Kenneth Donaldson has lived quietly in York, Pennsylvania, but, for 15 years previously, he was held in Florida mental hosp.; diagnosed as harmless patient but received no treatment. [DONALDSON - describes life in hosp.; lived hour by hour] Finally, after filing 16th lawsuit, he got out of hosp. [DONALDSON - says most mental patients no different than he was, but he was more literate.] Florida hosp. officials appealed case, but Supreme Court upheld Donaldson. [Donaldson's attorney Bruce ENNIS - says ruling means states can no longer use mental hospitals as warehses. or dumping grounds for old and poor, etc.]
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Howard Brodie

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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