contempt of court?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 19, 2006

On Tuesday that Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts approved the removal of life-support systems from 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre, since the girl was, the court found, already "brain dead."

On Wednesday, Haleigh began breathing on her own.

Dead people don't breathe. But "brain dead" people apparently do. Makes you think.

You've got to love the official reaction:

'The vegetative state may not be a total vegetative state."

May not be?

Vegetables don't breathe, either.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 20, 2006 1:49 PM ET USA

    I suppose the court will now rule that she is just a "vegetable" and order her feedings stopped. They might even go so far as to insist that she be given water only every three days and her bed be moved closer to a sunny window.

  • Posted by: jcl - Jan. 20, 2006 1:22 AM ET USA

    It's well time for orthodox MA Catholics to get off the pew and become involved in the political processes at every level of that state. Pull the plug on the current law makers and judges and turn the corner. Come on we're all rootin for you.

  • Posted by: Pop - Jan. 19, 2006 9:32 PM ET USA

    There is constant agitation against the death penalty so that we do not execute an innocent person. Who will protest against these kinds of death sentences?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 19, 2006 12:16 PM ET USA

    With the Massachusetts courts, it a matter of the pot calling the kettle black as to who is actually "brain dead." One must also question whether many Massachusetts voters also have "vegetative" brains as well given the fact that they elect so many morally comatose people to office. Nominally, Massachusetts is a state with a very large number of Catholics. What is one to make of the juxtaposed facts of brain dead judges, voters and politicians along with so many faith-dead Catholics?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 19, 2006 11:58 AM ET USA

    The Judiciary of Massachusetts appears to be in some kind of vegetative state in which they still breathe. Pray for them that they move up the food chain to something more resembling a sentient, rational person in their deliberations.