Re "Judge rejects psych suit" (A1, Feb. 14):
For many years the government has made an attempt to educate the public about mental illness (example are billboards around Sacramento), destigmatize it and increase treatment parity between mental and physical illnesses. It's obvious Judge James C. Mahan didn't get the memo because his decision and explanation is about as asinine as anyone could have imagined. People who are mentally ill may be unable to make decisions for themselves and will go along with whatever someone tells them, and that is coercion. The fact that Mr. Brown had just been released from a psychiatric facility does not mean he was competent to make decisions. Having said that, someone needs to check the mental competency of Judge Mahan because there's apparently something missing. The exploitation of the mentally ill did not start with Mr. Brown but Mahan's decision completely supports it.
-- Mark Collen, Sacramento