April 11, 2005
Judge Boyd weighs in on the Mae Magouirk caseTopics: News
I just got a telephone call from Judge Boyd. He was very nice, and cleared up a lot of questions I had about the case.
The basic overview of what he told me was that the whole family was in agreement when they came to court, and that they had all decided that Beth Gaddy should be made the legal guardian (under certain conditions). Three doctors should evaluate her condition, and all of the family would agree to their suggestion. He did not have to decide anything, he just wrote down what they agreed to. He made Gaddy the guardian, but made her so under the condition that she must make sure that Mae Magouirk was given proper food and care. He also told me that he ordered that none of the family members could try to convince any of the doctors to their side, and that the doctors were ordered to check her within 24 hrs, or as soon thereafter as possible, because time was important. He has promised to send me a copy of the court order, I will make it available as soon as I receive it.
I asked him how it could be that he had made these orders, and yet they had not been obeyed? He told me that he had no clue that his orders were not being carried out, and that the family should have let him know. Then he would have been able to enforce his orders; but as it was they did not let him know what was going on, so he could not do anything about it.
He was very concerned that blogs were not, as he put it "doing a better job checking things out".
Cross posted at: Sounding the Trumpet
Posted by joshua at April 11, 2005 5:13 PM
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