Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Case Law Development: Massachusetts Court Rules Life Support for 11-Year-Old Beating Victim May Be Removed

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that life-support systems for an 11-year-old girl can be removed, saying that the child, who has been in a vegetative state since an alleged beating by her adoptive mother and stepfather, should be able to “'pass away with dignity.” It rejected an appeal by her stepfather, who is alleged to have played a role in her beating and who faces potential murder charges if she dies.  Source:  Patricia Wen, Boston.com News. Please click here for the complete story (last visited January 18, 2006, reo). Download here in WORD  the slip opinion by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, SJC-09629, filed January 17, 2006, Care_and_Protection_of_Sharlene_2006.doc

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