Sunday, September 16, 2012
Lee v. Louisiana case brief
1. Case: Lee v. Louisiana:
a. Facts: An unwed mom had 5 kids. Due to medical malpractice, she died. The La. wrongful death statute barred the children of unmarried parents from suing for wrongful death.
b. Held: The statute was unconstitutional.
•Children of unmarried parents are a quasi-suspect class.
C. A mother has the right to sue for the wrongful death of her illegitimate children. Case: Glona v. Aetna.
D. All parents, including unmarried fathers, are entitled to a hearing on their fitness as parents before the state can take the kids away.
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