Law: No to the Feds

A win for Baby Jane's parents

Despite its strong objections to overbearing Big Government, the Reagan Administration has been trying to intervene in the painful private dilemma of a Long Island, N.Y., couple with an incurably ailing child. Last week Federal District Judge Leonard Wexler, a recent Reagan appointee, threw out the U.S. Justice Department's unprecedented suit seeking the hospital records of the infant known as Baby Jane Doe.

Baby Jane was born six weeks ago with a protruding spinal cord and a host of other congenital defects; doctors believe she will be almost totally disabled and severely retarded for as long as...

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