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The Buck vs. Bell decision, Paul Lombardo

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Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. The case conluded that Carrie, Emma, and Vivian represented three generations of imbeciles, which justified Carrie's sterilization. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Trial > Sterilization is justified)
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After all of the witnesses were heard in Amherst county, the conclusion of the court was that sterilization was justified in this case. That justification was underlined by the United States Supreme Court opinion, which focused on Carrie Buck, her mother Emma, and Carrie's daughter Vivian, declaring that they were three generations of imbeciles. Oliver Wendell Holmes, in his famous opinion, said, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
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