NJ Seeks to Force-Feed Inmate

NEWARK, NJ (AP) -

State officials are seeking permission to force-feed a New Jersey inmate who has been on a hunger strike over a housing dispute and claims of civil rights abuses.

NJ.com reports that William Lecuyer’s lawyer claims his client hasn’t eaten since July. Prison doctors have said Lecuyer’s diet — which includes water, coffee and occasional meals of broth or protein drinks — endangers his life.

Lecuyer says the constitution allows him to politically protest.

A state judge is expected to hear the case on Thursday afternoon. The judge may decide whether prison doctors can force-feed Lecuyer against his will to keep him alive.

The state Corrections Department and the Attorney General’s Office declined to comment, citing the pending legal proceedings.