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New York / Definition of Death #41572

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 07, 1976
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(Studio) On Long Island, New York, attys. begin case which may hinge on answer to question of who actually killed Karen Ann Pomroy, her attacker or doctors who took her off life support.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Case involves beating and robbery of Karen Ann Pomroy of Islip, Long Island; victim taken to Southside Hospital in Bayshore, Long Island, put on life support, and pronounced legally dead by Dr. William Bloom and taken off life support. (Artist's conception of life support system shown.] [BLOOM - cites criteria for death used in case, so-called Harvard criteria.] Islip man, Walter Burton Carey, arrested and charged with assault, later charge was incrd. to murder. Carey appears in court today with attorney Donald Leo and pleads not guilty; attorney says case will revolve around view that Pomroy killed by doctors [LEO - says question of legal definition of death is important to case.] Suffolk Cnty. district attorney Henry O'Brien says New York law doesn't define death and creates legal problem. [O'BRIEN - comments on prosecution's views on death with regard to case.] Legal definition of death may emerge from case.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart

(Studio) D. A.'s office says no criminal prosecution contemplated against any of doctors involved.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reasoner, Harry;
Stewart, Bill;
Walters, Barbara

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