Monday, April 11, 2005

Terri Schiavo's death and the law

Neal Boortz linked to this today.
I don't know who Jack Allen is, nor have I heard of this paper in Nebraska.
The content is what matters.

Judge George Greer, who rebuffed Mrs. Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and Florida Governor John Ellis Bush at every turn, who is scorned by the political and religious right and who required police protection because of death threats, is exactly the type of jurist who brings honor to the court system. It may not be believed by those on the right, but Judge Greer is a conservative Christian. One of his closest friends described him as a judge who does not let personal political or religious beliefs influence his application of the law.
Judge Stanley Birch of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was named to the court by a conservative Republican president. Here are excerpts from his concurring opinion on the court’s rejection of the Schnindlers’ final appeal:

“…the legislative and executive branches of our government have acted in a manner demonstrably at odds with our Founding Fathers’ blueprint for the governance of a free people – our Constitution…I conclude that “Terri’s Law” is unconstitutional…when the fervor of political passion moves the Executive and Legislative branches to act in ways inimical to basic constitutional principles, it is the duty of the judiciary to intervene. If sacrifices to the independence of the judiciary are permitted today, precedent is established for the constitutional transgressions of tomorrow.”

That was a well-deserved slap in the face for a Republican Party overreaching to pander to the religious right.

I have nothing to add.

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