Esquire’s Charles Pierce on the Pelletier Case

More liberals are coming to the defense of the Pelletier family, and highlighting the “arrogance” of Children’s Hospital and DCF.  This time it is Charles Pierce at

. If Judge Johnston finds the Pelletier family’s behavior unseemly, he might ask himself how he’d react if his child had been permanently hijacked in what is little more than a dick-swinging contest between hospitals, with Children’s Hospital being the biggest and swingin’-est dick of them all. What Children’s did to the Pelletiers is utterly insupportable and, as Wen and Swidey wrote, it’s become almost policy.

As the Wen/Swidey story makes clear, this already has become such a standard practice at hospitals around the country that the hospitals have developed the study of “medical child abuse” into a specialty. This whole thing reeks of institutional arrogance and a flagrant disregard for the basic principles of medical practice — including, to mention only one, First, Do No Harm. In the Pelletier case, I hear echoes of the same institutional arrogance that attended another, radically different episode of child abuse — that of the day-care abuse frenzy in the 1980’s, including the infamous McMartin pre-school case in California. In any case, there was a clear breakdown in what should have been a collaborative effort between Tufts and Children’s regarding Justina’s care, and how obstreperous her parents were shouldn’t have been a factor in that.

mention all this because, sooner or later, it’s going to become a thing in our politics, and it’s going to get shoved into the binary nature of our national slanging match, and it’s a helluva lot more complicated than that. (The one part of Judge Johnston’s ruling that I wholly applaud is his effort to keep the likes of Mat Staver out of this.) And, at the end of it all is a 15-year old, who will live in a locked psychiatric ward until she’s 18 because doctors couldn’t keep their egos out of the way long enough to give her the care she needed.

Children’s Hospital and DCF/DSS have been conspiring to do this to parents for the past twenty years. It is time for the legislature to act to stop this abhorrent practice. It is time to restore parental rights in the Commonwealth.

Until we do, no family should feel safe taking their children to a hospital in this state.

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  • “The one part of Judge Johnston’s ruling that I wholly applaud is his effort to keep the likes of Mat Staver out of this.”

    There is nothing to applaud about this judge, or this case, and there is no Justifiable reason for Pierce to say or think that.  Just when I thought Pierce was being totally objective for the good of the Pelletiers and all families in this situation, he makes that comment as though it isn’t PRECISELY Judge Johnston and his ilk that should be the ones that should get the h*ll out of this.  A good, honorable judge would have done the right thing right from the beginning.  The story hasn’t changed.  The facts were all there for him to rule on 15 months ago, but he chose to get behind the monsters, and allowed a sick, 14 year old child to be kidnapped from her family and stuck in a locked down psych ward while her health is compromised each and every day as a result.  Like this isn’t on the judge? Shame on him, and shame on Pierce for diminishing what the problem is here.  Judges can fix a lot of ills of DCF and the world if they choose to.  They are all powerful, can do whatever they want regardless of the law, and completely immune and unaccountable.  Wonder how many other families have been destroyed by THIS JUDGE.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    Isn’t that what liberals have been telling us for years?  it takes a village to raise your kid today, and once the village gets to help – then they also get to decide.  This is a precedent setting case because liberals in Massachusetts government want to win this case in order to establish a point in time when the state proved it can take kids away for virtually no reason at all.  It is part of the attack on traditional family values.

    You mark my words – the state will start to act more like this every day.  If mom or dad has more than a state approved number of alcohol drinks in a week – reason to take the kids.  If mom or dad holds a viewpoint that gay people should not be married – reason to take the kids.  If mom or dad doesn’t vote a certain way, follow a particular philosophy, speak in favor of certain government programs – a reason to take the kids away.  “Its for the children” they tell us…..

    It is a power grab pure and simple.  It is exactly what socialist and communist countries do.  It is what Nazi’s did.  But somehow this type of attack on personal liberties and family values is okay because its for the children…..

  • Good for the Pelletiers and good on Pierce but he remains a nasty piece of work.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    How can we claim on the one hand that DCF is too powerful, when on the other hand they are powerless to accomplish their duties such as ensuring that registered sex offenders are not living next door to children in foster homes. The story is here:

    The Department of Children and Families failed to check whether registered sex offenders were living in or near foster homes and neglected to ensure all children get required medical screenings within seven days of being placed in Massachusetts’ care, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

    The agency also could not adequately document that required background checks had been performed on all people living in foster homes, the report from Auditor Suzanne Bump found. DCF additionally could not adequately document that the personal information of children in its care was being safeguarded, opening the door to possible identity theft.

    My thought is that liberal politicians see government not as an organization dedicated to solving problems, but creating infrastructure to prolong problems for the sake of big government.  If an office such as DCF can get embroiled in the hostage taking of a sick kid, then that lets them off the hook for actually doing their job…

  • Chip Ford was watching Huckabee last evening, he was discussing the Pelletier case with Alan Dershowitz, who said have them call me.  I told reps Marc Lombardo and Jim Lyons, who have drafted a letter for legislators to sign, and they were going to contact him. If publicity is what we need, Alan D. is the man to get it. He and the libertarian wing of the ACLU, with Harvey Silverglate, were on our side of the Amirault case, part of the day care witch trials mentioned by Rob above. I think Huckabee repeats tonight if you want to see this interview. Chip thought the Pelletier lawyer was on another part of the show, he tuned in late.