Carrie Buck's lawyer working against her interests, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Carrie's lawyer, Irving Whitehead, colluded with lawyers representing the Virginia Colony to help insure that the case went to the Supreme Court. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Epilogue > Betrayal by her attorney)
Irving Whitehead, who was appointed to defend Carrie in court, was one of the best friends of Aubrey Strode, the lawyer on the other side. But that in itself is not so strange. The fact that he went to report to the Board of Colony Supervisors, after he had lost the case, bragging that it was in wonderful shape to go forward to the Supreme Court, seals the conclusion that he really wasn't working in Carrie's interest.
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Irving Whitehead was the lawyer appointed to represent Carrie Buck at the trial in Amherst County. Whitehead betrayed Carrie, colluding with his supposed adversary, Aubrey Strode, presenting no witnesses, and doing only a minimal job of cross examination.
Aubrey Strode was the lawyer who wrote the Virginia statute that became the sterilization law.
12181. Aubrey Strode, the lawyer who wrote the Virginia sterilization law and who took Buck vs. Bell to the U.S. Supreme Court
Aubrey Strode, the lawyer who wrote the Virginia sterilization law and who took Buck vs. Bell to the U.S. Supreme Court
Paul Lombardo talks about although Carrie was not feebleminded or morally degenerate, this was the way she was portrayed by the lawyers.
Paul Lombardo talks about Amherst County Courthouse was the first step of a legal case that would lead all the way to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo talks about twisting the truth at Buck vs. Bell.
Paul Lombardo talks bout in the Supreme Court decision, Justice Holmes compared sterilization for feeblemindedness to a vaccination for smallpox.
The 17 year-old protagonist of the Buck vs. Bell case, Carrie Buck, was pitted against an array of doctors, lawyers, and eugenicists who were intent on sterilizing her, including John Bell, the superintendent of the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feeb
Paul Lombardo talks about the case conluded that Carrie, Emma, and Vivian represented three generations of imbeciles, which justified Carrie's sterilization.
Paul Lombardo talks about although she tried several times, Carrie was never able to bring her mother Emma home from the Virginia Colony.