Gavel Grab

The Schiavo Primary

Two and a half years ago, with Terri Schiavo’s end-of-life struggle playing out on national television, Congress passed a law transferring it from state to federal court. They gave her parents special authority to bring a lawsuit, and ordered federal judges to ignore previous state decisions. It was political court-tampering of the first rank. Americans across the political spectrum were appalled. Inside-the-Beltway backpedaling ensued.

The backlash hasn’t been lost on the major presidential candidates:

  • “The decision of Congress to get involved was a mistake,” said Mitt Romney. “I think it’s probably best to leave these kinds of matters in the hands of the courts.”
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