First off this article is an opinion column regarding my own personal opinions surrounding this controversial topic. I have molded my opinion off of falling clutch to involuntary judicial commitment not once, but twice at the hands of state actors and elected officials whom exploited the loopholes in Mississippi’s mental health laws and used it as a way of locking me up/fencing me in when there was no crime committed for them to have me arrested on. The laws around mental health and the requirements to judicially commit vary from state to state, however there exists strong federal case law which is geared towards preventing exactly that which happened to me more recently here in the State of Mississippi.
Specifically, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1975 (O’Connor v. Donaldson) that “A State cannot constitutionally confine… a non-dangerous individual who is capable of surviving safely in freedom by himself or with the help of willing and responsible family members or friends…” This decision established the standard that a finding of “mental illness” alone is not enough to confine a patient against their will; they must also be either:
- A danger to the public (invoking the state’s inherent police powers); or
- A danger to themselves (the legal doctrine of “parens patriae“).
Civil commitment laws in most states authorize the following kinds of involuntary confinement and treatment:
- Emergency Hospitalization – Often referred to as a “psychiatric hold,” this typically involves a limited confinement in response to a crisis for evaluation purposes.
- Inpatient Civil Commitment – This is a longer-term confinement, typically in effect until the court determines the patient no longer meets civil commitment criteria.
- Outpatient Civil Commitment – Often referred to as “mandated” or “assisted” outpatient treatment (AOT), this involves court-ordered mental health treatment while the patient continues to live in the community (a handful of states haven’t adopted this option, including Maryland and Massachusetts).
A paradox easily forms when comparing the legislature of the state (Mississippi) and the landmark ruling in O’Connor v Donaldson in which that fine line measured on a state level encroaches upon the substantive due process rights of its citizens guaranteed by the fourteenth amendment.
The US Supreme Court was both spot on and crystal clear in their ruling when they decided that a State cannot constitutionally confine… a non-dangerous individual who is capable of surviving safely in freedom by himself or with the help of willing and responsible family members or friends. Lafayette County and the State of Mississippi have more recently demonstrated how easy a state or local county Government can exploit mental health laws in order to attempt to fix (or stage) a more favorable outcome. Could you imagine if O’Connor vs Donaldson hadn’t of occurred or if the justices didn’t rule the way they did?? We’d all be in trouble and seemingly always be in the crosshairs of oppressive government.
It’s for the reasons of what happened to me in December and again in February that I decided a couple of things in particular need to happen with a quickness, of those being:
- There is not nearly enough case law on involuntary commitment, and it is badly needed for a more uniform process across the board garnering federal approval
- The laws surrounding involuntary commitment MUST be tightened up significantly, particularly in Mississippi, and the individual must meet a high, strict standard of someone whom requires mental health treatment through involuntary commitment
- A watchdog agency should always oversee the involuntary commitment process to ensure no malice or ill intent causes such commitment so as not to strip and deprive a functioning American citizen of his or her liberty and other due process rights
- I believe that a trial by an impartial jury should always be preserved and should always be allowed on involuntary commitment proceedings if demanded by the respondent
And Last but certainly not Least, the laws and procedures surrounding involuntary judicial commitment MUST be adhered to fully by the court and any official tasked with any involved role. The worst thing anyone can do is to retaliate to any complaint by using involuntary judicial commitment, or using it in ways to suppress any type of information and basic rights of any citizen.
Circuit Court Judge John Kelly Luther and Matt Reardon met again for the first time in 5-years in a nearly 2-Hour motions hearing scheduled by Reardon on 4/12/2022. At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Luther asks Reardon if there is anything else he would like to address. At this point, Reardon takes the perfect opportunity to address a very important matter to him in open court on the record. Here is how it went and what response was given when Matt Reardon asked about the mysterious changing of court records on two separately filed matters in Circuit Court
Well, time has come and gone yet again for Liz Crowder to be taught a lesson regarding the lies and false reports given to law enforcement, in particular regarding the father of her child, Matt Reardon. Yet again the State of Mississippi through it’s obnoxiously biased prosecutors have allowed her to escape unscathed with no relief whatsoever granted to the victim/claimant, Reardon. Listen above to the 22-minute exchange in trial between Reardon, Prosecutor Bela J Chain, Judge Johnny Wayne McClarty, and Crowder’s newly hired Attorney (name unknown). Reardon has stayed tied into it with Lafayette County and the State of Mississippi over the past few years particularly since a set of events that transpired back in 2017 which Reardon steadfastly claims he was victim to multiple lies, fake allegations, and complete deprivation of due process rights in order to obtain a cheap-shot ill contrived conviction
WARNING: This Video Contains Lies, Violence, Illegal Search, & Overdetention by Lafayette Sheriffs Deputies
The 4th Visit to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department on 12-28-2020 resulted in this absolutely bizarre arrest of Matt Reardon and it is all Completely Broken-Down as it was presented at trial. Arresting officers were Deputy Courtney Dixon and Deputy Ethan Tidwell with Deputy Omar Ahmed assisting and Sheriff Joey East spectating.
MASSIVE VIOLATIONS OF THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT (FCA) & THE WHISTLEBLOWER ACT
Phone Calls which demonstrate Communicare acted in retaliation and malice in their latest attack
The existing laws surrounding due process and the federal rights afforded to all citizens simply can’t be ignored, and nothing will change them. The moves made by Lafayette County Officials and Communicare simply exacerbated everything for them most of all. The Calls attached to this video go to fully invalidating Communicare and exposing their truly immoral intentions. Visit lafayettems.net to see more information
Meet Ethan-Oliver James Reardon
Ethan-Oliver was born to parents Matthew and Madelyn Reardon on February 17th, 2022 at the Tupelo Women’s Hospital. On this day, Ethan-Oliver was just 28 weeks and 6 days gestational age and weighed just 2lb 11oz. He has been fighting for his life ever since that time. As tough as it has been on parents Matthew and Madelyn along with his sisters Meri-Emmelyn, Anna-Claire, and McKenna-Rose living an hour away from baby Ethan, It’s The details surrounding this preemie’s significantly early arrival have made this situation for the Reardon family particularly strenuous, difficult, and have piled on additional stresses and worries for this young family of 6.
On December 6th, 2021, Ethan-Oliver’s father, Matthew whom is an independent investigative journalist & reporter, discovered a key court record in Lafayette County Circuit Court that was fraudulently altered now twice over the past year on two currently active filed matters of Reardon’s. When pressing in for answers as to how this could have happened, the Circuit Clerk got highly defensive and had communicated out to the Lafayette County Sheriff Joey East in order to try to get rid of Reardon along with what the county and certain County Officials would interpret as a significant issue discovered and sore on the horizon. East’s motive in the matter is very clear to see when taking into consideration key facts based upon numerous erroneous and concerning findings have more recently surfaced regarding the Lafayette County Sheriff’s alleged involvement in a matter dating back to 2017. Even more alarming is the fact that the latest record fraudulently altered in Circuit Court that was discovered by Reardon just so happened to be a matter Reardon was appealing from Lafayette County Justice Court where East’s Deputies and even he himself gave false sworn testimony in order to contrive a conviction based upon lies. The very next day, December 7th, 2021, Lafayette County Sheriff Joey East rose to the occasion once again in passing obnoxious lies and complaints centered around constitutionally protected activity as a journalist, reporter, and credentialed member of the press to an employee of Communicare by the name of Rachel Alcorn with a predisposed plan to exploit the State’s mental health laws by cutting corners, ignoring required procedure under state law, and seeking to separate a husband and father of four from his family in a grueling, sickening act that undoubtedly would align with not only the feeling, but the legal definition of human trafficking. And this they were successful in doing at the expense of Reardon and his family when no crimes were ever committed and the procedure botched through and through. At approximately 5pm on December 7th, 2021 upon returning home from a Doctors Appointment for one of his children, Reardon is taken into custody at his residence in front of his wife and child based upon false claims in a sinister, cowardly attack on an independent journalist in order to suppress the reporting of fraud to not only the public but the proper authorities for the dishonesty which took place on open legal matters stemming from the Lafayette County Circuit Court/Circuit Clerks Office.
Reardon immediately condemned the ruthless attack and hailed the involuntary commitment as a fraudulent commitment coming about as a result of completely erroneous lies spewed by the sheriff, Joey East, and echoed by Communicare staff members. After voicing his complete disgust with the matter to a Communicare employee, Matthew was informed that he needed to submit any complaint in writing to the director of the Facility including any demand for preservation of evidence. Early on in the afternoon on February 8th, 2022 at the conclusion of speaking with chancery court clerk Sherry Wall, Reardon filed and served an 8-page shocking letter with Chancery Judge Lawrence Little’s chambers and Communicare’s executive director Dr. Sandy Rogers.
The very next day, February 9th, 2022, another Communicare Employee proceeded to file another affidavit for commitment of Reardon claiming Reardon had refused to attend a scheduled appointment, however, recorded phone calls with Communicare paint an entirely different picture and in combination with the Complaint filed just 1-day prior almost certainly show that this latest move by Communicare and its employees was ill-brought once again and done to retaliate against Reardon and once again try to dodge a situation that the county and Communicare brought on themselves.
On February 10th, 2022, upon returning home close to midnight from Madelyn being hospitalized due to pregnancy complications, Lafayette County Sheriffs Deputies light up the yard with blue lights and take Reardon once again into custody for the affidavit for commitment filed in front of his wife, Madelyn. He was held for 6-days without any rights afforded to him at the Lafayette County Detention Center and then shipped 2.5 hours across the state to the East Mississippi State Hospital in Meridian MS on February 16th, 2022. All of this put Madelyn into preterm labor and she gave birth via emergency c-section on February 17, 2022 without her husband by her side to witness the birth of their child.