ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ An inmate who is being force-fed under protest is due in court.

William Coleman, who is British, is expected in Enfield Superior Court on Thursday. He was supposed to be released last December after finishing an eight-year sentence for sexual assault.

But officials kept him in prison because he wouldn’t register as a sex offender. Authorities wait to see if he’ll finally register so they can release him.

Coleman is protesting his conviction and the sex offender registration requirement.

In July 2012, the state Appellate Court rejected his appeal to be free of what he called “further abuse and torture.” He said force-feeding that began in 2008 and isolation in a cell for suicidal prisoners violate the federal and state constitutions and world human rights and liberty laws.


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