The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not hear the case of Staff Sgt. Dean Witt, who died after a military doctors botched his appendectomy, according to the Stars and Stripes. The Supreme Court's decision means the Feres Doctrine will remain the law of the land, as it has been since 1950.
As Home Post explained last week, the Feres Doctrine prohibits servicemembers from suing military doctors for malpractice. Witt's family brought a lawsuit against the government, according to the Stars and Stripes, after a routine surgery left 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Witt in a vegetative state:
Carlos Lopez, Dean Witt's brother-in-law, left this comment on Home Post:
What do you think about the Feres Doctrine? Do you think the Supreme Court made the right decision not to hear Witt v. United States?