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ARCADIA -- Ernest Morgan had been in the DeSoto County jail for two months without bond on minor charges when he went to court for a routine scheduling hearing.
Twelfth Circuit Judge James Parker didn't schedule another hearing, however. He directed Morgan's public defender, who said he was unprepared, to accept a judgment of not guilty by reason of insanity and to write up an order for indefinite commitment to the state's harshest mental institution, Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee.
The punishment was stiff for Morgan, a mentally ill Arcadia man who had told the judge's cousin, a local parole commissioner Morgan thought was threatening him, that he was going to beat him up.
Morgan ran away after yelling at the commissioner outside a police station in 1998. …