A Right to Life or Death: Michigan v. Anderson (2002)
Choices, Inc.; Amazon.com
"This case of convicted murderer Michael Anderson asks questions about two of the more important issues in the criminal justice system. First, should a person be given a new trial if it is shown that at the original trial his attorney was incompetent? Second, some convicts who are sentenced to life in prison would rather die than live out their lives behind bars. Do they have the right to die?" [description taken from cassette box] A study guide for this program is available from Choices, Inc. At http://www.choicesvideo.net/guidebooks/WAV/landmarktrialsofmodern ethicsanderson.pdf. This guide is housed with the video in the NRCBL collection. "New conditions bring new choices. Today, advances in technology and changing social norms force us to confront ethical issues that rarely arose in the past. Sophisticated medical devices can keep a patient alive in ways that were once impossible. But what if a patient--or a patient's family--doesn't wish these mechanisms to be used? Another concern involves the end of life-- who decides when it occurs? If a terminally ill person chooses to die, does that person deserve medical assistance? Or how far can a child go when he believes his parents are abusive? Very often, such delicate questions must be decided in court. LANDMARK TRIALS OF MODERN ETHICS explores some of these remarkable cases." [description taken from cassette box]
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