Supreme Court: Oregon Assisted-Suicide Law Should Stand | Main | Andrew Sullivan's "New" Blog At Time
January 18, 2006

Boston Court OK's Pulling Plug On Comatose 11-Year-Old

Reverse Terri Schiavo?:

Massachusetts's highest court ruled Tuesday that the state can withdraw life support from Haleigh Poutre, an 11-year-old girl who has been in a coma since September, and whose adoptive mother and stepfather are accused of abusing her.

Haleigh, of Westfield, Mass., was hospitalized on Sept. 11 with a brain injury and multiple bruises, burns and cuts. Her aunt Holli Strickland, who adopted her, and Ms. Strickland's husband, Jason Strickland, were charged with assault, but Ms. Strickland died in an apparent murder-suicide after charges were filed.

The state Department of Social Services, which was granted custody of Haleigh, successfully petitioned a juvenile court for permission to remove life support. Mr. Strickland challenged the state in court, asking to be considered Haleigh's de facto parent and to be allowed to argue for keeping her alive.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected Mr. Strickland's petition on Tuesday, saying he did not provide enough of her daily care to be a de facto parent. The court added that Mr. Strickland "stands charged with criminal assault in connection with injuries inflicted on" Haleigh. "To recognize the petitioner as a de facto parent, in order that he may participate in a medical end-of-life decision for the child, is unthinkable."

Note that there seems to be a strong conflict-of-interest here -- Strickland seems to want to avoid a murder rap, which he'll be pinned with the moment the girl dies -- and yet the court finds the same way as they did in Schiavo: Pull the plug.

When someone with a conflict of interest wants the plug pulled: pull the plug.

When someone with a conflict of interest doesn't want the plug pulled: pull the plug.

There's consistency here. Not in the law or logic, but in the conclusion. Whatever the fact-pattern, the plug should be pulled.

When it doubt, pull it out.

Yes, yes, that's terribly reductive, I know. But I do think it's interesting that a court can spot a conflict-of-interest, but only when the purported guardian with the conflict-of-interest is in favor of keeping the patient alive.


digg this
posted by Ace at 03:12 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Harvey Winestein: "Pinky swear, your Honor, I just slipped in a pool ..."

GAINZ: "Who cares. They BOTH has Carbs!! ..."

ThePrimordialOrderedPair: "[i]See Playboy - women Posted by: ObviouslyDHap ..."

Just the Punchline: "No, no! The banana goes in ze [i]front[/i] of ze ..."

Northernlurker : " 9 Hey CNN, if you have a prostate are you a ma ..."

Harry Paratestes: "62 Apples are superioir to Bananas because you can ..."

Lily(Formerly of Hot Air) now of AoSHQ, Assassin in the Night: "You really think they are being pro-active because ..."

Roc Ingersol: "CNN or formerly know as Saddam Hussein Network. ..."

Marlin Perkins: "[i]Sometimes Bananas identify with being born on b ..."

ObviouslyDHappy: "That is not an apple. It is a two dimensional rep ..."

Banana Splits Guy - Bunch Em If You Got Em: "Bananas have potassium which keeps you from facial ..."

Burger Chef: "You'll know when "Peak Stupid" is achieved(?) when ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64