Wednesday, December 07, 2005


We all know the classic definition of chutzpah. The boy who kills his parents and then pleads for mercy because he's an orphan. So where does this get filed?

Jason Strickland, and his wife, Holli, are accused of beating his stepdaughter (her niece), Haleigh Poutre, 11, who is now in a vegatative state. Less than two weeks after they were charged, Holli was found dead beside her grandmother, in a possible murder-suicide.

Here's where it gets interesting. Jason never formally adopted Haleigh. He married Holli about a year after Haleigh's mother left to Virginia with a new boyfriend. The Dept of Social Services, who has custody of the girl, wants her feeding tube and ventilator removed. Her doctors agree that she won't come out of her vegatative state.

Here's the chutzpah. Jason wants to be appointed Haleigh's guardian, so that he can be assured the feeding tube and ventilator remain. Chutzpah? Of course, there's more to the story than that, Jason faces murder charges if Haleigh dies.