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Saturday, March 26, 2005

 

Schindlers lose Fla. Supreme Court appeal

CNN News

Florida high court refuses to hear Schiavo appeal

Saturday, March 26, 2005 Posted: 8:08 PM EST (0108 GMT)

Schindlers' lawyer says legal fight is near end

(CNN) -- The Florida Supreme Court has dismissed -- for the second time in a week -- a bid by Terri Schiavo's parents to have their daughter's feeding tube reconnected.

The state's highest court dismissed the emergency petition Saturday night, saying it didn't have jurisdiction. On Thursday, the same court refused to hear the case.

The lawyer for Schiavo's parents said the legal fight to prolong the brain-damaged woman's life is drawing to an end.

This is the third legal blow Schiavo's parents have received within the course of 24 hours. Their motions were also denied earlier in the day by Circuit Court Judge George Greer in Clearwater, Florida, and Friday by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bob and Mary Schindler have now lost more than two dozen legal opinions in both state and federal courts, which have consistently sided with their daughter's husband -- and legal guardian -- Michael Schiavo. He has said that he is simply following his wife's wish not to be kept in a persistent vegetative state.


 

CNN News

CNN News

Schindlers launch new appeal

Schiavo attorney calls further legal action futile, desperate

Saturday, March 26, 2005 Posted: 4:52 PM EST (2152 GMT)

(CNN) -- With few options left, the parents of Terri Schiavo have filed an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court to reinsert their brain-damaged daughter's feeding tube.

Within the course of 12 hours, the Schindlers received legal blows from two courts -- the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia, late Friday, and Florida Circuit Court Judge George Greer in Clearwater on Saturday.

Bob and Mary Schindler have now lost more than two dozen legal opinions in both state and federal courts, which have consistently sided with their daughter's husband -- and legal guardian -- Michael Schiavo. He has said that he is simply following his wife's wish not to be kept in a persistent vegetative state.

Speaking earlier with reporters in Dunedin, Florida, on Saturday, Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, said, "I would hope that the parents' side realize that any further legal action will be futile. We can understand their desperate efforts in this case. But I would hope that at some point, they leave that behind and begin to cope with this on a more personal level."

Felos said that he had visited Terri Schiavo for 20 minutes at her hospice in Pinellas Park on Saturday.

"Frankly, when I saw her...she looked beautiful. In all the years I've seen Mrs. Schiavo, I've never seen such a look of peace and beauty upon her."

He refuted charges made by Schiavo's parents that her lips were bleeding, her skin was peeling and that she appeared in discomfort.

Felos said that "it felt right and appropriate that Mrs. Schiavo not be fed and sustained through an artificial device" and that "she has a right to die with dignity" and "in peace" without the release of video and photographs of her at this time.

Additionally, Felos said that Schiavo received last rites, which includes Communion, the day the tube was removed, and that a court has ordered that she be able to receive the sacrament one more time before she dies.



 

Florida Circuit Probate Judge rejects Schiavo parents' claim she spoke

Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,151585,00.html

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A state judge on Saturday rejected another attempt by Terri Schiavo's parents to reconnect her feeding tube, rejecting what the couple's lawyer described as their last chance to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer denied the parents' motion to order the reinsertion of the tube. Bob and Mary Schindler claimed their daughter tried to say "I want to live" when her tube was removed on Greer's order March 18.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, and his doctors have said that her utterances weren't speech and just involuntary moans. He argues that she has no hope of recovery, something disputed by her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

The Schindlers are still holding out hope for an unlikely intervention by Gov. Jeb Bush, who has said he has done everything in his power to take custody of Schiavo.

As of Saturday afternoon, Schiavo had been without food or water for eight full days, and doctors have said she would probably die within a week or two of her feeding tube being pulled.

Her lawyers, however, have said Schiavo — whose dehydrated body has begun to shut down — may not survive the weekend.


 

Abi-Demian, Abilene Democratic Online Newsletter

Abi-Demian

BREAKING NEWS -- Florida State judge rejects latest attempt by Terri Schiavo's parents to have her feeding tube reconnected. Details soon.

 

Schiavo parents reassert federal & state court claims

Miami Herald

Schiavo parents reassert federal & state court claims
Earlier Friday, a federal judge in Tampa ruled for a second time against Schindler and his wife, Mary, who want Schiavo's tube reconnected. Their lawyers filed another appeal in Atlanta, but their prospects seemed dim.

The parents' lawyers also offered a new motion in state court, telling a circuit judge in Clearwater that three witnesses -- including one of the lawyers -- heard the severely brain-damaged woman attempt to say ''I want to live'' on the day her feeding tube was removed.

'She managed to articulate the first two vowel syllables, first articulating `AHHHHH' and then virtually screaming 'WAAAAAAA.' She became very agitated but could not complete the vocalization attempted.''

Lawyers for Schiavo's husband, Michael, said her utterances are involuntary, and they pleaded for an end to the litigation. Schiavo, who has been hooked to the feeding tube since 1990, should be allowed to die in peace, they said.

Attorney George Felos said the assertion that Terri Schiavo can speak was "crossing the line."

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/11229601.htm

Friday, March 25, 2005

 

Republican leaders are mum in the face of huge polls against their action on the Schiavo case

Chicago Tribune

An afternoon commentary from the Chicago Tribune offers these observations -- White House & Republican Congressional leaders are mum in the face of huge polls against their action on the Schiavo case, 80% or more of Americans disapprove of prolonging Mrs. Schiavo's tragedy. Bush's approval rating dropped from 52% to 45% in one week, and Congress's approval rating has dropped to 39%.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0503250258mar25,1,5853351.story

 

Radical right starts turning on itself over inaction on Schiavo

Miami Herald

Randall Terry, the spokesman for Schiavo's parents and former leader of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue, threatened to unleash political retribution on those who did not support them.

''I promise you, if she dies, there's going to be hell to pay with pro-life, pro-family, Republican people of various legislative levels, both statewide and federally, who have used pro-life, pro-family, conservative rhetoric to get into power, and then when they have the power they refuse to use it,'' he said.

The hostility focused more tightly on so-called ''tyrant'' judges, and it also shifted toward Gov. Bush.

Increasingly, supporters of Schiavo's parents decried what they called his unwillingness to act independently of the courts.

''Do you think there's anyone here who doesn't feel let down?'' Terry said. ``He can still redeem himself and his memory on this planet for generations to come if he intervenes.''

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/11224839.htm


Thursday, March 24, 2005

 

Abi-Demian, Abilene Democratic Online Newsletter

Abi-Demian

Within minutes of posting this morning's issue of the Abi-Demian with an update on the Schiavo story, I learned that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the parents' appeal to have the feeding tubes re-inserted.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

 

Demlog

Demlog

Note to Becky Haigler
from Gary Collins, the peace vigil organizer for Abilene:

democrats will be very welcome, as will be republicans. as for myself, i am neither. instead, i vote for the candidate. rather that being a political event, this will instead be a Gospel based event (at least that is how i have tried to structure it).

as for who is sponsoring it, i guess i am, with the blessing of my pastor and the encouragement of my friends and acquaintances (some). as for my faith, i am a Catholic. this might have been held at my church, but this is a relatively non-Catholic area, and my pastor felt that a more neutral location would be better attended. hope that this is on time for your husband to be able to use it in his online newsletter. and i did get the idea from Sojourners. thanks, and God Bless.

gary collins

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