Broussard v. State

In Broussard v. State, 827 S.W.2d 619, 622-23 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi 1992, no writ), the Court reversed the trial court's order of commitment because the Court determined that the evidence was insufficient to support commitment. Broussard was diagnosed by two medical experts as suffering from "chronic paranoid schizophrenia." Broussard's delusions included that she was, inter alia, an attorney, an FBI agent, and a former medical student. Finally, one of her physicians testified that Broussard admitted she had not been taking her medication because it was "poisonous." Based on the physician's observations, he believed Broussard required further treatment and that she posed a possible risk of harm to herself or others if not treated. Broussard's attending physician, Dr. Davis, also testified that she had "delusions and incoherency of thoughts," refused to take her medication, and that she was somewhat hostile. He concluded that Broussard could be harmed by others, and that it was likely Broussard would continue to deteriorate if not treated. See Broussard, 827 S.W.2d at 621.