Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 

Fresh horrors out of Florida

Essential Truth, a well-written blog loaded with good sense, posted the article below on the 18th. It reminds me so forcefully of Terri Schindler's fight to the death.

Please visit Essential Truth's blog as well as Scott's Fight for a full overview of this case.

There are not-so-subtle overtones that leap out at the reader, bringing Terri strongly to mind...Scott Thomas' spouse, who is currently involved with someone else (sound familiar?), is the one angling for his death, and his parents are the ones trying desperately to save his life.

I will, of course, be following this case with great interest.

The ULTIMATE of "egregious and flagrant" - FLORIDA!

Scott Thomas KNOWS how he was injured, and Scott Thomas knows WHO did it. But, Scott Thomas is not allowed to testify in Florida's Fourth Circuit, and elsewhere in Florida - because he is disabled. In the United States, we have laws that prohibit such treatment for disabled Americans. Who can put Judge William Wilkes back in line? Please enjoy reading a bit of US Code Title 42, found here.

TITLE 42 > CHAPTER 21 > SUBCHAPTER I-A > § 1997a§ 1997a. Initiation of civil actions(a) Discretionary authority of Attorney General; preconditions Whenever the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that any State or political subdivision of a State, official, employee, or agent thereof, or other person acting on behalf of a State or political subdivision of a State is subjecting persons residing in or confined to an institution, as defined in section 1997 of this title, to egregious or flagrant conditions which deprive such persons of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States causing such persons to suffer grievous harm, and that such deprivation is pursuant to a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of such rights, privileges, or immunities, the Attorney General, for or in the name of the United States, may institute a civil action in any appropriate United States district court against such party for such equitable relief as may be appropriate to insure the minimum corrective measures necessary to insure the full enjoyment of such rights, privileges, or immunities, except that such equitable relief shall be available under this subchapter to persons residing in or confined to an institution as defined in section 1997 (1)(B)(ii) of this title only insofar as such persons are subjected to conditions which deprive them of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution of the United States.

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