From: Jim Gottstein <>
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2024 4:05 PM
To: 'Karpenko, Gregory' <>
Subject: RE: Cease and Desist Letter to Mindfreedom International


Dear Mr. Karpenko,


You should know the United Nations has concluded Electroshock can constitute torture in violation of International Law.  See, UN Human Rights Council. (19 June 2020). “Mental Health and Human Rights: Resolution 43/13 Adopted 19 June 2020.” A/HRC/RES/43/13. Geneva: United Nations; UN Human Rights Council. (20 Mar 2020). Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Report of the Special Rapporteur. A/HRC/43/49. Geneva: United Nations; Méndez, Juan E. (4 Mar 2013). “Statement By Mr. Juan E Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.” Geneva: United Nations. See also the related Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Juan E. Méndez (2013), A/HRC/22/53. Geneva: United Nations.


Dr. Schak, in particular, apparently has no trouble sleeping after having ordered torture be inflicted on Mr. Russell, and calls the lawyers in for having her sleep disturbed by people calling to ask her to stop it.  I shed no tears for her.


Having said this, MindFreedom did not realize the numbers were for their personal cell phones.  MindFreedom asks its Shield Warriors to take into account that they are contacting people to urge them to stop violating human rights under MindFreedom’s banner.   MindFreedom chooses to take a higher road than Mayo, and it did not intend, nor anticipate, that people would be calling personal cell phones in the middle of the night.  MindFreedom has removed what it thinks are the applicable phone numbers from David Russell’s MindFreedom Alert page.


You have probably not been informed that after Mr. Russell was electroshocked for the fourth time on Wednesday he woke up with a blood clot in his arm, which is potentially life threatening.  This is presumably why he was not shocked this morning.  I hope this is a wake-up call to Mayo of the harm it is inflicting on Mr. Russell.  I urge you to advise Mayo to stop electroshocking Mr. Russell. 




James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.



Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
406 G Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska  99501  USA
(907) 274-7686


The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock.  We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will.  Due to the massive psychiatric drugging of children and youth, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority.  Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision.  This is a national tragedy of immense proportions.  PsychRights is seeking sufficient funding to increase its impact.  See, Getting to the Next Level.




From: Karpenko, Gregory <>
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2024 8:34 AM
Subject: Cease and Desist Letter to Mindfreedom International


Mr. Gottstein,


Please see the attached letter sent on behalf of Mayo Clinic and its employees, Dr. Kate Schak and Christina Zorn.  Please confirm your receipt of this letter.




Greg Karpenko | Partner | Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

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