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Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 11:29 p.m.

Common cause

LAUREL: To The Florida Bar and the Florida Medical Association for jointly sponsoring a public awareness campaign to educate Floridians about the importance of having living wills.

All too often, those two professional organizations are at each other's throats, during legislative debates over malpractice reform, for instance.

But of all professionals, doctors and lawyers best understand the tragedy that can occur when someone becomes terminally incapacitated but has failed to clarify his end-of-life wishes in either a living will or through a designated health care surrogate.

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"The military commissions will not provide a full and fair trial. The commission process has been created and controlled by those with a vested interest only in convictions."

Maj. Michael D. Mori, one of the Army lawyers appointed to defend suspected terrorists detained at at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba.

Mori added that the military tribunal process "creates an unfair system that threatens to convict the innocent and provides the guilty a justifiable complaint as to their convictions."

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