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Judge: Mom Had Right To Keep Police Out Of Home, Daughter Off Meds

DETROIT (UPI) — A Detroit woman who did not want her teenage daughter to be forcibly medicated had the right to keep police officers out of her home, a judge said Friday.

Charges against Maryanne Godboldo were dropped, the Detroit News reported. Godboldo was arrested in March 2011 after she barricaded herself and her daughter inside her home, keeping police and child welfare workers out.

“The defendant had a common law right to resist,” District Court Judge Ronald Giles said.

Godboldo thanked the judge as her supporters applauded.

Social workers had said Godboldo’s daughter needed to take the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal. Godboldo has sued the city over the standoff.

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