Terry Schiavo: Too Bad She's Not A Convicted Killer
Fortunately, frequent Hedgehog Blog contributor (and Hewitt show caller) Ralph Kostant comes to the rescue with another dandy set of thoughts, this time in the form of a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times:
Times: Los Angeles
It is unfortunate for Terry Schiavo that she is not a convicted killer. Had she committed a heinous murder, and a
judge had ordered that she be deprived of food and water until she died, would there be any doubt that a Florida Federal District Courtwould have jurisdiction to intervene on a petition in habeus corpus, on the basis of the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment? And would there be any doubt that the Los Angeles Times would applaud that intervention, even though it would involve Federal Court review of the State of ’s laws and judicial procedures? Sadly, Terry Schiavo is not a condemned murderer. Her only crime is insufficient quality of life, in the opinion of her husband, and therefore a Florida judge may sentence her to death by dehydration and starvation, with the editorial approval of the Los Angeles Times.Ralph B. Kostant Florida
Indeed. Remember when writing a letter to the editor and hoping it would be published was the only means of expressing oneself about public issues? It was not all that long ago, friends.