The Bush administration asked a federal appeals court here Monday to reconsider a May decision that upheld Oregon’s assisted suicide law and prohibited federal charges against doctors who prescribe overdoses.
The administration wants the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to set aside its ruling backing the nation’s only law allowing doctors to assist in hastening the death of patients. The Justice Department says the case, originally decided by a 2-1 vote, should be reheard with an 11-judge panel. Thirteen of the circuit’s 25 full-time judges must agree to a rehearing, and they are rarely granted.
The three-judge panel in May ruled that, under the state’s voter-approved law, Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot sanction or hold Oregon doctors criminally liable for prescribing overdoses.
I suppose this is a sop to the “Live no Matter What.” fundamentalist lobby?
(Changed Ore. to Oregon for the state-abreviatetically impaired.)
Tell Bush Oregon said he can kiss it.
Man, I was totally confused by the subject of this thread. I read it as 2 different issues:
- Bush wants ore.
- Assisted suicide law axed.
I was wondering when the quote was going to get to the part about mining ore.
“The three-judge panel in May ruled that, under the state’s voter-approved law, Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot sanction or hold Oregon doctors criminally liable for prescribing overdoses.”
Bush sure loves them state’s rights.
Would it have been that much trouble to type the “-gon”, some of us can’t tell the difference between plundering our countries’ national treasures and state abbreviations. Especially if we’ve played alot of RTS games. Wait, is that forest over there still standing? I could really use a few more trebuchets before I attack France…
At one point do states rights kick in? Isn’t it the job of Ashcroft to tell Bush what he can and can’t do in regards to the law?
Next thing, they’ll want gambling outlawed in Nevada.
Looky heah, I quoted the headline verbatim!
I’m with Brad–
Bush can kiss our collective asses.
If he does, we might want to check for our wallets afterwards.
Unless we’re, you know, the super rich.
If you’re super rich, he GIVES you money! What a deal!