Tuesday, March 22, 2005

From our bulging "Nice Work If You Can Get It" files...

Concerning the matter of Terri Schiavo, it apparently hasn't occured to anyone on the State or Federal bench that there may actually be a LAW involved here. But, son of a gun...

Florida law (765.309) currently prohibits euthanasia. Maybe that's why all those retired people move down there. But regardless of where they end up, Federal law (Title 28 35.130(e)(2)) prohibits the refusal of food and water. But hey, when you get to be a judge, you can obviously do whatever the hell you want; tear up traffic tickets, cheat on your income tax, rob a bank -- the possibilities are endless. Apparently.

This is one reason why, in recent years, I'd concluded that being a lawyer can't be all that difficult. Think maybe that might also apply to being a judge?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi from an old CRNETer. I am sick to death over this. May God have mercy on all of us.

Just like all the nice compassionate people in Germany in the 1920s who didn't want the retarded and disabled to suffer any more, we thoughtfully deny sustenance and care to lives unworthy of life. As one observer pointed out, approvingly I might add, this happens hundreds of times a day all over the nation.

"In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness, and tenderness leads to the gas chamber." -- from the introduction to A Memoir of Mary Ann