The law has been upheld. It was all done "by the book." The lawyers, the judges all plied their craft to their own satisfaction -- and a woman has been sentenced to death. A woman,helpless under the control of a husband who has denied her rehabilitative treatment for more than a decade, who says she expressed a desire to die rather than live in her present state, but who is quoted by one of his mistresses in a sworn statement as stating they never discussed that subject.
Congressman Sensenbrenner said it right: in a case where there is no written record of such a directive, the law should opt for life.
But the law has spoken, opted for death on the word of a man who stands to gain money and the freedom to continue his affair with his present concubine. And his wife will die. The law supposes this is correct, proper and just --
"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, "the law is a ass, a idiot." Mr. Bumble, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
"the day a slumbering but awful God,
Before Time to Eternity is blown,
Examines with the same unyielding rod
These images of His with hearts of stone,
These men who do not die, but death decree, --
These are the men I should not care to be."
from On These I Stand by Countee Cullen