Judge Rules Death Sentence Famous Star Casey Kasem, Giving Daughter Power to Starve Father
No, this isn’t a page out of Dr. Death Kevorkian’s rule book. It’s something worse than voluntary euthanasia. This month, a Los Angeles Judge ruled that the oldest daughter of Kasey Kasem have medical power of attorney specifically so she could withhold water and nutrition for her father .: Kasem’s wife had been fighting for months to: care for her husband who: suffered from dementia. Kasem’s daughter is in financial straits and is waiting on the $2 Million life insurance policy she has on her father. HAPPY FATHER’s DAY we get to kill our parents through the courts now!
A Los Angeles judge reversed his own decision Wednesday and gave daughter Kerri Kasem the authority to have doctors end his infusions of water, food and medicine.
Kasem’s doctor concluded that contining the artificial nutrition and hydration would only “at best prolong the dying process for him and will certainly add suffering to an already terribly uncomfortable dying process,” said Kerri Kasem’s lawyer, Troy Martin.
“The court’s decision today upheld our father’s explicit wishes as expressed by him in his health directive,” Kerri Kasem said in a statement after the hearing. She was referring to a directive her father signed in 2007, saying he would not want to be kept alive if it “would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning.”
An attorney for Jean Kasem, Steve Haney, slammed the judge’s decision, calling it “the functional equivalent of a death sentence.”
Her lawyer accused Kasem’s daughter of trying to hasten her father’s death by having the infusions stopped over the weekend. Attorney Steve Haney called Kerri Kasem “a godless woman” who said her motive for speeding up her father’s death was financial. Kerri Kasem “could cash in immediately” on her share of a $2 million life insurance policy when he dies, he said.
Do you think that Judges, Doctors or anyone should have the right to hasten the death of any non-criminal who suffers from old age illnesses like dementia? In the eternal words of this voiceover star for Scooby-Doo: Shaggy ,”Zoinks, looks like we’re doomed Scoob”
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