Scalia wrote in his dissenting opinion,
'Better to make a reversible mistake and rule in
favor of life, than to make an irreversible mistake
and order death'.
Judge John Cleland of McKean County, PA, ignored the
US Supreme Court law and ordered food and water withheld
from Dorothy Jacobus. She was not terminally ill. and she
was a ward of the state. Next Cleland blocked her autopsy.
(This barbaric injustice happened in a public court room, under
the keen eyes of the law. What happens to other innocent, trusting
people when no one is watching?)
Two months after Mrs. Jacobus' court ordered starvation,
Gladys Jones died of starvation in her daughter's Pittsburgh
PA, home. Police investigated, an autopsy was ordered, and
Dr. Cyril Wecth determined that Mrs. Jones died of "gross,
wanton neglect". Mrs. Chapman't daughter was charged with
murder and jailed without bond.
This profound paradox illustrates Justice Scalia's
concern for the rule of law.