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October 6, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court and its new chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr., heard the Bush administration's challenge to the nation's only right-to-die law Wednesday, a case that pits social conservatives against those who believe the terminally ill should be allowed medication that will end their lives. At issue is whether Oregon or the federal government has the power to decide whether doctors may prescribe lethal doses of medication. During arguments Wednesday, the justices sounded closely split.
When principals at "60 Minutes" learned two weeks ago that Dr. Jack Kevorkian was offering them a tape of him killing a patient, their first reaction was skepticism. Mike Wallace, who had never met Kevorkian, viewed him as "kind of shopworn and a publicity seeker." And Don Hewitt, the show's executive producer, "had no interest, none whatsoever," recalled Wallace.
February 23, 2005 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
The long legal battle over a severely brain-damaged woman was extended at least one more day Tuesday, when a Florida appeals court cleared the way for the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, only to have another judge order it kept in place. The emergency stay, issued by Pinellas Circuit Judge George W. Greer, expires at 5 p.m. today. David C.
March 25, 2005 | Carol J. Williams and David G. Savage, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. Supreme Court turned aside the case of Terri Schiavo on Thursday, dimming her parents' hope of keeping her alive, while religious activists made a final appeal to Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the courts and intervene. "I can't go beyond what my [legal] powers are, and I'm not going to," said a frustrated Bush, who expressed sympathy for Schiavo's family. Schiavo's condition deteriorated visibly seven days after her feeding tube was removed by court order. Death was expected within a few days.
July 14, 1991 | Janet Kaye, Janet Kaye is a former Herald-Examiner reporter and federal government attorney.
My father always comforted himself with sound: nine kids and, late at night, the TV blaring. The antidote to a lonely only-childhood--to months spent in an orphanage while his parents served time in a Lithuanian prison, accused of being anti-Communist spies. A trial attorney and an athlete, his mind and his body seemed always in motion. "Nobody can withstand the withering glare of introspection, Janet," he would tell me when he came upon me writing in the journals I kept since age 15.
October 20, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops urged the Supreme Court to deny constitutional status to the "right to die." At issue is the case of a Missouri woman who has been in what doctors describe as "a persistent vegetative condition" since a 1983 car wreck. Her parents want to withhold food and water from a surgically implanted feeding tube, which doctors say would lead to her death.
January 19, 1991 | Associated Press
The father of a brain-damaged woman was barred by an appeals court Friday from moving her to Minnesota, where her life-support could be detached with less legal strife. The Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled that Christine Busalacchi, 20, could not be moved from a state hospital until the panel could review the case. A hearing date was not scheduled.
February 20, 1988 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago asked Congress this week to support a sense-of-the-Congress resolution opposing the right to die. In a letter to all members of Congress, Bernardin, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the resolution would give Congress an opportunity to take a stand against a "misguided campaign" to legalize physician-assisted euthanasia and "rational" suicide. Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.
September 26, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
An Australian man with prostate cancer has become the first person to die under the world's first law permitting voluntary euthanasia, said Dr. Philip Nitschke, who assisted the man with a lethal dose of barbiturates at the patient's home in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory region. The patient had terminal cancer and had been ill for a number of years, the doctor said.
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