ca·dav·er noun \kə-ˈda-vər\
: a dead body
Full Definition of CADAVER
: a dead body; especially : one intended for dissection
Arguing definitions of words now does not change anything about this case. She is dead thus a corpse, a cadaver, a carcass.
As for protecting themselves from a wrongful death suit, I stated before I understood wanting to protect themselves. HOWEVER, insisting that the hospital looking at an appeal simply to protect themselves willfully ignores the fact that the family has made it quite clear that they want Marlise taken off the machines... which means if they turn around in a month and go "O.M.G! You killed my wife/daughter and my child/grandchild!" they would have a hard time winning since their stance has made the headlines across the nation and everyone knows they wanted the machines pulled. Including the courts.
Concerning the case in California as well as this one... I think all it shows is that there needs to be a firm line applied to hospitals respecting the wishes of the next of kin. Want a dead person kept on machines, hospital has to do it. Want a dead person removed from machines even though the corpse was
incubating a fetus. hospital has to do it. While I can see the appeal being a chance at getting definitive answers from a higher court, something tells me this is more about a county within a strict pro-life state trying to set precedence for the future. I also do not think the judge took a deliberate "make it go away" approach. He stated quite clearly that since the law did not apply to Mrs. Munoz that he did not need to rule on any of the constitutional arguments that Eric Munoz made in his filing. And he is correct in that statement... the law was misapplied to Mrs. Munoz. The hospital now knows that it cannot use that law when dealing with dead pregnant patients. There's no reason for him to rule any further about the law.
In other words, his silence speaks a hell of a lot more than his words did.