Soldier’s family petitions SCOTUS to reconsider Feres Doctrine

WJXX-TV reports that “[t]he death of Petty Officer Nathan Hafterson is being used in a petition filed with U.S. Supreme Court asking the high court to allow active duty military personnel to sue the government. Hafterson, 21, died on March 26, 2006, at Naval Hospital Jacksonville after being admitted for trouble breathing.” Attorneys Sean Cronin and Bryan Gowdy “are teaming up to petition the Supreme Court to reconsider a decision that dates back to 1950” – Feres v. United States.  “It would be a landmark case,” said Gowdy.  “It would put military members on the same footing as civilians under the Federal Tort Claims Act.”

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One response to “Soldier’s family petitions SCOTUS to reconsider Feres Doctrine

  1. The Feres Doctrine boggles the mind. This needs to be overturned. My son Michael Fremer was killed at Fort Polk, La on 2/13/08 because of Army Negligence during a training exercise. The Army can not be held accountable because of the Feres Doctrine. Why is the Army exempt from being held accountable for Negligence? Our young men and woman are risking their lives. This is how our country treats the soldiers and the families? How many others die because of poor training? It seems the Army keeps this quiet.

    There are other cases that involve the feres Doctrine. For example Medical Malpractice in the army. Also Marines being exposed to Toxic chemicals on US Bases. The Military is exempt from being held accountable on all of these matters. The Feres Doctrine needs to be overturned.

    This is a petition to overturn the Feres doctrine:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed

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