A conspiracy so vast …

What the guardian at litem said about the case.

James Taranto, who seems to be sympathetic to the feed-Terri forces, nonetheless has the integrity to point to this report prepared by Jay Wolfson, the latest of the three guardians ad litem appointed for Terri Schiavo. Wolfson takes the position that if Terri Schiavo could be taught to swallow, she ought to be kept on life support, so he can’t reasonably be described as an advocate of euthanasia. But the evidence he lays out, both about her medical condition and about her husband’s care for her, is definitive.

One new (to me) aspect of the case: the Schindlers have testified that they would want their daugher’s heart kept beating even if she had no cognitive function left, and even if her previously expressed wish had been to the contrary. While it would be heartless to question their sincerity, in light of this testimony their claim to be defending their daugher’s intersts against her predatory husband can hardly be taken at face value.

And the notion that Terri Schiavo is at the center of some vast death-industry conspiracy to kill her would be funny, if it didn’t have such ugly consequences.

I hope that the people who have been spreading such hideous rumors about Michael Schiavo will read the report, and then repent in sackcloth and ashes. He isn’t a character in a soap opera, folks. He’s a real, live human being, who never consented to have his life made part of reality television or his character made the object of your fantasies and projections.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com