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Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM

Four amici have submitted a brief urging the Supreme Court of Texas to review the constitutionality of the Texas Advance Directives Act. 

The amici urge the court to resolve a conflict across Texas jurisdictions on the validity of the public interest exception to the mootness doctrine. In short, the underlying plaintiff in this case (Chris Dunn) is dead. But the court should still adjudicate, because the issue is capable of repetition yet evading review.  

Each of the four amici were responsible for the medical decisions of a family member who was receiving life-sustaining treatment at a Texas hospital when the hospital carried out the procedures under Tex. Health & Safety Code 166.046 to withdraw that treatment over the their objections.

Donald and Carolyn Jones

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