If conservative contortions were an Olympic sport, like ice skating, I'd have to give presidential hopeful, former RNC head, and current governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour straight sixes.
The unusual agreement has alarmed some experts, who have raised legal and ethical questions. Among them: If it turns out the sisters aren't a good tissue match, does that mean the healthy one goes back to jail?
"All of the 'What if' questions are, at this point, purely hypothetical," Barbour said in a statement from his office late Thursday. "We'll deal with those situations if they actually happen."...
... Arthur Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied transplants and their legal and ethical ramifications for about 25 years. He said he's never heard of anything like this.
Even though Gladys Scott proposed the idea in her petition for an early release and volunteered to donate the organ, Caplan said, it is against the law to buy and sell organs or to force people to give one up.
When I first heard that the Scott sisters were being paroled, I thought good for Haley Barbour. Because the women -- black, of course -- were sentenced to life in prison for the theft of eleven dollars. Double life, in fact: consecutive sentences. At age nineteen and twenty one. No priors. No one was injured. Eleven dollars! Life! Clearly outrageous and race-motivated, with questionable testimony used to convict, such a sentence should never have happened; and the idea that a Southern gov would recognize and rectify it was impressive, I thought. They'd already served more than any white kid would have; any time at all is likely to have been more, for the same crime, with the same shaky testimony.