Biltrix and Catholibertarian brought the case of Gary Harvey to my attention in this post. Mr. Harvey was injured in 2006, and the state (Pennsylvania in this case) has taken guardianship of him and has been striving to terminate his life.
Years ago, I read the (and posted about, with lots of comments and references) entire court transcripts of the original Schiavo case and reviewed several videos that were not part of the news media. I came to the conclusion that she was profoundly impaired but not a vegetable (i.e., “in a persistent vegetative state”) under the legal definition. The court’s action was wrong, in my opinion, and was compromised by the judge’s financial relationship to one of the parties.
Terri Schiavo had injuries at the time of the 1990 incident consistent with foul play, and not with a simple “misadventure of low potassium count” and other theories advanced for her case, as I wrote here.
An amusing aside: She was described by one of the appointed examiners as having suffered a potassium loss from drinking too much iced tea. I drink more iced tea than anyone on the planet, so far as I know — it regularly amounts to 48 8-oz. glasses per day. I am not yet “a vegetable,” but it has only been about fifteen years so far of this habit. (Prior to this, I drank similar amounts of carbonated colas and such.)
The news suppression of certain video clips and statements in the Schiavo affair was rather like what they would do later with George Zimmerman to give the case the desired “slant.”
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