Jackie Fortin of Windsor Locks, Conn., speaks outside the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, shortly after the court ruled the that state child protection officials aren't violating the rights of her 17-year-old daughter by forcing the girl to undergo cancer chemotherapy she doesn't want.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected what’s called the mature minor doctrine. The doctrine holds that some minors are mature enough to make their own health care decisions. The ruling came on Thursday in the case of a 17-year-old girl, known in court documents as Cassandra C.
The high court ruled that the state of Connecticut is not violating Cassandra C’s rights by forcing her to undergo cancer chemotherapy that she does not want.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state has to pay for experts to assist an indigent defendant who is representing himself in a murder trial. The court decided the money should come from the state Public Defenders office.
Among the questions the Connecticut Supreme Court heard Friday was this – can wind be considered fuel? The case centers on whether the state council that approves the siting of power facilities had the authority to approve a wind turbine project in Colebrook, Connecticut. A collection of homeowners in Colebrook and a community group that is arguing for greater regulation of wind farms sued the state over the approval of that farm.
Defense attorney Hubert Santos and Michael Skakel (right) stand at the podium as Santos makes a short statement following his client's release from custody outside the Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford Thursday.
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel walked out of the Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford Thursday after posting a $1.2 million bail. A judge granted bail after his 2002 murder conviction was thrown out. WSHU’s Kaomi Goetz attended the hearing and has more.