April 16, 2005

Have the judges in Florida been replaced with pod people?

This just in:

A judge cleared the way for federal officials to have a feeding tube inserted in a Cuban exile who is on a weekslong hunger strike to protest his detention as a suspected spy.

Juan Emilio Aboy was at Jackson Memorial Hospital's inmate ward, hospital spokeswoman Lorraine Nelson said Friday.

A day earlier, U.S. District Judge Paul Huck agreed with another judge's order to "involuntarily administer nutrients" to Aboy through a stomach or intravenous tube, and to restrain him if he attempts to remove it.

"The decision to not eat was his choice. A court order was issued allowing the U.S. Public Health Service to take any necessary precautions in the interest of his health," said Nina Pruneda, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.

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In other words, in Florida, if your intention to starve is clearly known, the government can and will intervene to feed you through a tube against your will.

But heaven forbid that you be a 41-year-old disabled woman with no living will whose alleged wishes are known only via hearsay. No food for you.

George Felos will be taking this guy's case in a flash. Right?

(Reverse H/T: Monday Evening and View from the Nest. Hi guys!)