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SCOTUS upholds Oregon suicide law, rebuffs Bush/Ashcroft.

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 17, 2006 2:11 AM PST
Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Suicide Law.

>> The Supreme Court upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law Tuesday, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.

Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said that federal authority to regulate doctors does not override the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people. New Chief Justice John Roberts backed the Bush administration, dissenting for the first time. The administration improperly tried to use a drug law to prosecute Oregon doctors who prescribe overdoses, the court majority said.

"Congress did not have this far-reaching intent to alter the federal-state balance," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for himself, retiring Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor and Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer. <<

Of note, Roberts voted with the "conservatives," even though strict construction of the 10th Amendment would clearly support the "liberal" position.

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Flip side
by kmarchal / January 17, 2006 3:08 AM PST

This ruling should also give the states stronger rights on lethal injection, making it harder for the feds. to take it away. Maybe this is why Lady of Justice carries a double edged sword.

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And as you woud say,
by duckman / January 17, 2006 5:08 AM PST

Another wrong headed SCOTUS decision

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It's interesting that they would uphold this state's right
by Diana Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 6:13 AM PST

but knock down medical MJ state laws.


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(NT) (NT) And abortion laws.
by Evie / January 17, 2006 6:36 AM PST
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by C1ay / January 17, 2006 10:17 AM PST
...even though strict construction of the 10th Amendment would clearly support the "liberal" position.
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Because he said so,
by duckman / January 17, 2006 10:21 AM PST
In reply to: How?

and he is a Constitutional scholar

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