Sheriff Everett Rice
Board Member of
'$$The Death Factory'

The Hospice of the Florida $uncoast

Sheriff Everett Rice

   Rice is a long time friend of Greer’s and in 2003, became the center of controversy in the Terri Schiavo case when Patricia Anderson, attorney for the Schindlers, filed a motion asking Greer to recuse himself for alleged violations of judicial canons and bias. Greer has controlled the Schiavo case since 1998.

   In her affidavit, Anderson said that Rice had told her that he and Greer had discussed the Schiavo case at a ball game the night previous without other parties to the matter being present.  Greer refused to recuse himself and Rice denied that he had made the comments to Anderson  

   Rice, as well as McCabe, has been directly involved in the Schiavo case, steadfastly denying requests to conduct criminal investigations of criminal wrongdoing in the matter by Michael Schiavo..

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SHERIFF HIRED MICHAEL SCHIAVO AS JAIL NURSE

The Empire Journal Exclusive

Four days before joining Florida's House of  Representatives in November, 2004, Everett Rice left the
office of Pinellas County Sheriff, a position he had held  since 1988 and after 33 years in the sheriff's
department.

But before he left office he hired Michael Schiavo,  estranged husband and guardian of Terri Schiavo.

The Empire Journal has learned that days before leaving  office as Pinellas County sheriff, Rice hired Schiavo, a
registered nurse, to work in the Inmates Medical Care  Division of the Pinellas County Jail.

The relationship of Rice and Schiavo raises grave  questions of alleged impropriety in the Terri Schiavo
case and ongoing allegations of conspiracy, collusion and  cover-up which have resulted in calls for Gov. Jeb Bush
to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter  and the impaneling of Grand Jury.

Rice's hire of Schiavo came at the same time contentious guardianship proceedings were proceeding in the courtroom
of his long-time friend, Sixth Circuit Court Judge George  W. Greer where Schiavo was seeking to end the life of his
wife by court order of Greer.

And after Rice had repeatedly refused to investigate  allegations of abuse against Schiavo.

According to informed sources, neither Schiavo nor his  attorney, George Felos, disclosed to the court or
attorneys for Terri's parents, Mary and Robert Schindler Sr., of Schiavo's change in employment, particularly in
light of the disclosure Feb. 23 that the state's Department of Children and Families has opened an
investigation into some 30 allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of Terri Schiavo.

According to pleadings filed before Greer by DCF  attorneys, Michael Schiavo is the suspected abuser.

The Empire Journal has also confirmed that the mother of  Jodi Centonze, Schiavo's live-in girlfriend and fiance
with whom he has two children was employed in the civil  division of the sheriff's department from June 18, 1979
until June 25, 1999, some 11 years while Rice was sheriff  and at the same time her son-in-law had petitioned Rice's
good friend Judge Greer to end her daughter-in-law's life.

Rice's employment of Michael Schiavo came just weeks after Rice had allegedly unlawfully lent the prestige of
his office and the resources of the sheriff's office in endorsement of the reelection of Greer in a televised
political advertisement.

Although prohibited by Florida Statutes, Rice and other Pinellas county public officers including state attorney Bernie McCabe public defender Bob Dillinger, allowed employees of their offices to appear in a campaign commercial for Greer which inferred that Greer was "tough on crime" although Greer is a administrative probate judge.

According to a sheriff's employee, Sheriff Rice had  authorized the use of the county-owned sheriff's car and
the appearance of the uniformed deputy in Greer's TV  commercial. State law prohibits the same.

In 2003, Rice became the center of controversy in the  Terri Schiavo case when Patricia Anderson, then attorney
for the Schindlers, filed a motion asking Greer to recuse  himself for alleged violations of judicial canons and
bias. Greer has controlled the Schiavo case since 1998.

In her affidavit, Anderson said that Rice had told her  that he and Greer had discussed the Schiavo case at a
ball game the night previous with Rice without other  parties to the matter being present. Greer refused to
recuse himself and Rice later denied that he had made the  comments to Anderson. John Carassas, an assistant
attorney general in the office of Charlie Crist, was also involved in the controversy.

Crist had previously denied that his office had ever received any allegations of abuse involving Terri
Schiavo.

Rice, as well as McCabe, has been directly involved in  the Schiavo case, steadfastly denying requests to conduct
alleged criminal investigations of criminal wrongdoing in  the matter by Michael Schiavo.

Rice and Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, have also served on the board of directors of the Hospice of
Florida Suncoast, the corporation which operates the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park where Terri Schiavo is
a residence.

Felos failed to disclose his affiliation with the Hospice  at the time in April, 2000 when he and Michael Schiavo
moved Terri to the Hospice. However, it has since been  learned by The Empire Journal that the proper
certification for Terri's admittance to the Hospice was  never completed and that she was not legally designated
as terminal, a requirement to be admitted to a hospice  and for her care to be paid for by Medicare. The federal
government has initiated collection procedures against  the Hospice of Florida Suncoast to recover some $14.8
million which they say was unlawfully paid to the hospice  as a result of fraudulent claims made for Medicare
reimbursement for patients that were not terminally ill  and therefore not eligible for hospice care, allegedly at
a time when both Rice and Felos were members of the Hospice board of directors.

Posted on 3/31/2005 8:44:58 AM PST by pineconeland


Schiavo Web rumor pegs Rice as a villain
An online critic says he is the center of a conspiracy to deny care for Terri Schiavo.

By STEVE BOUSQUET
Published March 19, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - As sheriff of Pinellas County, Everett Rice gave Michael Schiavo a job.

As a state legislator, Rice opposed a bill that would have blocked the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

To Rice, the two acts are unrelated. But to some people who are using the Web to try to stop Terri Schiavo's death, they are just some of the evidence of "conspiracy, collusion and coverup."

Rice, a Treasure Island Republican and one of the Legislature's newest members, finds himself a target of an Internet attack accusing him of complicity to deny care to the Pinellas Park woman.

His chief critic is June Maxam of Chestertown, N.Y., who challenges what she calls "judicial tyranny." Working from a home computer near Albany, Maxam has been fighting New York judges who she said did not properly file their oaths of office.

Maxam writes for and co-owns The Empire Journal, an online newspaper. Her other targets include Circuit Judge George Greer, Attorney General Charlie Crist and Florida legislators who, like Rice, opposed a new feeding-tube law.

But Maxam has aimed most of her outrage at Rice, a four-term sheriff first elected to the Florida House in November. As sheriff, Rice declined to investigate charges of abuse against Terri Schiavo.

Other legislators have been receiving e-mails with copies of the anti-Rice articles attached.

Rice was unfamiliar with Maxam's Web site until Friday, and he laughed off her conspiracy theories. But they are an example of the intensity of the Schiavo debate in cyberspace.

Maxam has published online stories about Rice's hiring of Schiavo; Rice's longstanding friendship with Greer, the judge who ordered Schiavo's feeding tube removed; the role of Rice and Sheriff's Office equipment in a TV ad supporting Greer's re-election; and Rice's former membership on the board of a hospice where Terri Schiavo is a patient.

Weeks before he left the Sheriff's Office, Rice said, he hired Michael Schiavo for a job as a nurse in the county jail, near Largo. He began work Oct. 11.

"I hired him," Rice said, "but I never saw him. I don't know him. It's hard to find good nurses, and he was right at the top of the stack of applications."

While Rice hired Schiavo, he said, he is sure he acted on the recommendation of one of his assistants.

Rice said he and Judge Greer are friends, and he acknowledged making a TV ad and was on the hospice board several years ago, as an honorary member because he was sheriff.

Rice was one of eight Republicans in the state House who voted against a bill that would have prevented the withholding of food and water to incapacitated patients who did not make their intentions clear beforehand.

"I tried to vote my conscience and not necessarily do what's popular," Rice said. "I wasn't counting votes. I think the Republicans might have misread this thing."

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