December 7, 1989 |
For the first time, the Supreme Court grappled Wednesday with a disturbing question that thousands of family members, doctors and nurses face each year: Under what conditions can a profoundly ill or comatose person be allowed to die? Since a 1983 auto accident, Nancy Beth Cruzan has lain unconscious and been fed through a surgically inserted tube. Her parents are asking that the tube be removed and that their daughter, now 32 years old, be allowed to die.
June 8, 1996 |
A wealthy Missouri prison inmate was ordered this week to foot his own prison bill. Daryle Gilyard, a millionaire serving a life sentence for murder, was ordered by a Cole County judge to pay $97,724.61 for his room and board. Officials said the amount was the largest lump sum ever won from an inmate under the Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act, a 1988 law that allows the state to recover costs for inmate care after any obligations to a spouse or children are met. Gilyard won a $4.
June 2, 1999 |
A $37-million judgment against Brea-based American Suzuki Motor Corp. was overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court, setting up a third trial in a case brought by a woman who was paralyzed in 1990 when the Suzuki Samurai in which she was riding flipped over. Suzuki has been the target of dozens of suits by Samurai drivers and passengers since the four-wheel-drive vehicle, no longer sold in the U.S., was savaged in a 1988 review in Consumer Reports.
June 15, 2005 |
A Missouri jury cleared Ford Motor Co. of liability for the death of a state trooper and burn injuries suffered by a 50-year-old man in a post-collision fire involving a Ford Crown Victoria police car. The officer, Michael Newton, burned to death after the gas tank of the Crown Victoria he was driving ruptured after the accident, setting off a fire. Michael Nolte, a passenger in the police car, sustained severe burns before being pulled out of the vehicle.