American man slashes his own throat in Taiwan courtroom

CBS BEIJING — An American man killed himself by slashing his neck with a scissor blade inside a courtroom in Taiwan after being given a four-year sentence on drugs charges, prompting moves to increase security.

Tyrel Martin Marhanka, 41, was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday, according to a statement from the Changhua District Court.

Marhanka had been indicted in March for growing opium and marijuana at a rented site in Changhua county in central Taiwan, said the official Taiwanese Central News Agency.

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  1. God, we learn great stuff from the least likely places. American courtrooms need to have scissor blades or box cutters readily available at every sentence hearing now. …it’s the humane thing to do.

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