Alan Dershowitz Will Work With Justina Pelletier’s Family on “Broader Constitutional Issues”


Harvard Law professor (emeritus) Alan Dershowitz will represent Justina Pelletier in her family’s fight to regain custody from the state of Massachusetts and Boston Children’s Hospital. “When you hear about a case like this you scratch your head and you say ‘something else must be going on,’ said Dershowitz, who will work with the family’s current legal team on a pro bono basis to address the “broader Constitutional Issues.”

Justina Pelletier: Alan Dershowitz to Represent Teen in Custody Fight (newsMax)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Amazing! I am a constitutional conservative with a family history firmly rooted in the protection of individuals against unwarranted governmental intrusion into individual rights and privacy. I am heartened to read that finally a constitutional conservative has joined the fight to protect individual civil rights.

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  2. Farm animals have more rights than people imprisoned by psychiatry ! They have the right to fresh air and sunshine.

    § 205.239 Livestock living conditions. [PARAPHRASED]

    (a) The producer of an organic livestock operation must establish and maintain year-round livestock living conditions which accommodate the health and natural behavior of animals, including:

    (1) Year-round access for all animals to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, clean water for drinking, and direct sunlight, suitable to the species, its stage of life, the climate, and the environment…Yards, feeding pads, and feedlots shall be large enough to allow all ruminant livestock to feed simultaneously without crowding and without competition for food. Continuous total confinement of any animal indoors is prohibited…

    (4) Shelter designed to allow for:

    (i) Natural maintenance, comfort behaviors, and opportunity to exercise.

    Link to USDA Regulation:

    Continuous total confinement of any animal indoors is prohibited…

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  3. Does the “broader constitutional issues” include more than the gag order and false imprisonment?
    Lou Pelletier isn’t shy about challenging somatic sensory disorder or what ever the name is this week. The stream started at BCH, a center for somataform research, papers, and promotion. BCH has also refined the “parent-ectomy” process. It starts with the validity and authority of a pych dx and that’s what should be on trial, not Lou and Linda. BCH took a short cut to eliminate a competing dx in favor of their house specialty under the pretense of protecting vulnerable children.
    How did 14 months of intense and focused inpatient psychiatric treatment work out? Not to good.

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