|LARRY A. BRYAN,
DONNA WHITEMAN, Secretary of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services; CRISTINE RUSTIA; DON LEE, LORI RIEDLINGER, GERTRUDE HANSON, MANI LEE, CHARLES R. BEFORT, JAN D. KOLB, MAX TENG, ROBERT HUERTER, GEORGE STROBEL, medical personnel,
Plaintiff appeals from the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendants in this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He alleged constitutional violations resulting from defendants' administration of antipsychotropic drugs over his objections while plaintiff was under defendants' care for treatment and competency evaluation pending trial on a murder charge. The district court concluded that the facts of the case did not demonstrate a violation of plaintiff's liberty interest. On appeal, plaintiff contends that his course of medical treatment was somehow connected with counsel's use of an insanity defense at his first criminal trial and that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. Because plaintiff's first trial was vacated, neither the presentation of an insanity defense nor counsel's representation of plaintiff at that trial resulted in prejudice to plaintiff. See Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 694 (1984) (appropriate test for prejudice is whether, "but for counsel's unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different."). Without prejudice, plaintiff's claims regarding counsel's ineffectiveness must fail. See id. at 691-92.
After careful review of the parties' briefs and the applicable law, we conclude that the district court correctly decided this case. Accordingly, for substantially the same reasons as set out in the district court's Memorandum and Order dated August 29, 1997, the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas is AFFIRMED.
Entered for the Court
Paul J. Kelly, Jr.
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.