Today marks the 27th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case of Perry v. Louisiana. Perry stands for the proposition that you cannot forcibly medicate an individual so they are competent to be executed.
The case behind Perry is quite bizarre. Only the evening of July 17th, 1983 Michael Owen Perry entered the unlocked home of his cousins Randy Perry, and Brian LeBlane. Mr. Perry shot and killed both his cousins, before leaving the home, crossing the street and breaking into his parents’ home. Mr. Perry waited for his parents to return, and when they returned home along with their two-year-old grandson Anthony Bonin, Mr. Perry shot and killed all three. Mr. Perry then stole $3,000 worth of cash and fled. Oddly, police found a list of intended victims at the crime scene, with the list including Justice Sandra Day O’Conner and musician Olivia Newton-John. Neighbors and family members said that Mr. Perry had always been unstable, and he was obsessed with Oliva Newton-John’s performance in the movie Grease. Two weeks later, Mr. Perry was arrested in Washington D.C just miles away from the Supreme Court.