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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Why Didn't They Do This for Terri?

The NY Times (warning: registration required, albeit free of charge) reports a death sentence overturned that blames defense for not doing its job, pretty much. Apparently, the justices thought that there was inadequate defense. Tis sad that the SC did not see fit to consider Terri Schiavo's death sentence in the same light. After all, she did not have her own counsel when Florida Judge George Greer gave legal consent for Terri's death by dehydration and starvation. Trial by jury was refused by the courts. What's more, the courts ignored oral testimony from Terri's family and best friend, that Terri would not want to die in these circumstances, while basing judgement completely on her adulterous (living with a girlfriend, and they had two kids) husband's oral testimony to the opposite. A husband who stands to gain financially (trust fund from malpractice lawsuit for her, worth $700,000 by 1998, it seems) from her death. Is this a case of justice for some?

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