NOT IN AMERICA????

Death by Starvation of Terri Schiavo
Terri's dehydration would have been slow, taking 10-14 agonizing days.

                        Michael Schiavo,   George J. Felos, Michael's Attorney,  Probate Judge George Greer,  Jeb Bush &  Terri Schiavo     

October 23, 2003 Thursday

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                          MAYDAY MAYDAY 9:20pm MT - Wed. 10-21-03:

From: "Ron Panzer" <caring@hospicepatients.org>
To: <caring@hospicepatients.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 8:22 PM
Subject: URGENT REQUEST FOR YOUR PHONE CALLS TO THE GOVERNOR REQUESTING STATE POLICE PROTECTION FOR TERRI TO ASSURE HER CARE

                         Received email & forwarded it out:

                        
-  All bedlam breaking loose in Florida
   Michael Schiavo fighting in court to make sure Terri dies at hospital!!
   Threatening all workers who might help Terri
   URGENT UPDATE!!!

We need you to call the Governor of Florida IMMEDIATELY to send in State Police into the
Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FLorida where Terri Schiavo has been transported. 
Michael Schiavo is reported to have actually interfered with anyone providing care for
Terri and threatened to sue them.  He is suing the Governor.   Here is the update from
the local area:

"Terri is in Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater (where Michael works!!!).  There is a
hearing going on right now in front of a circuit judge whether the Gov's injunction
stands.  Michael is also suing the Governor!!  So there is going to be a show-down
between the judicial and legislative areas.  .... The local news showed demonstrators
outside the hospital telling the hospital to feed Terri."

and:

"There is a lot of confusion about information right now.  One source says Terri is being
hydrated, one says the doctors aren't giving her IVs because of the court.  One says the
tube was reinserted at 7 PM."  [note from Ron: we do not believe that to be accurate.] 
"Michael is at the hospital threatening anyone who helps her.  I hope someone stays with
her at all times because of Michael perhaps trying to do something to her."

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Clearwater, FL October 22, 2003: On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, Terri Schindler-Schiavo
was transported from the Hospice Woodside facility in Pinellas Park, Florida to Morton
Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida. At that time, her gastric tube was reinserted and
the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation has learned that she is receiving liquids as of
this writing.
 
Michael Schiavo has ordered that the hospital may not permit any visitors for Terri,
including her parents and siblings. As of 8.00 am (ET) Wednesday morning, Terri's
immediate family is not allowed to visit her and is not permitted to have any information
regarding her physical condition.
                                                                                         
Media Contact:
Pamela F. Hennessy
phenn@zimp.org email
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2003 8:18 AM Eastern

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TERRI SCHIAVO: ADVOCATES, PLEASE HELP!

October 23, 2003 Thursday

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UPDATE: Day 7-no food or Water - October 21, 2003, the Florida Legislature and House passed bill 35E - Terri's Bill - into law.

This law allowed Florida's Governor, Jeb Bush, to issue an Executive Order allowing nutrition and hydration to be returned to the disabled Florida woman.

Terri had been without nutrition and hydration for more than 6 days.

She has been transported to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. And is to be receiving proper attention immediately. http://www.terrisfight.org

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Contact: Judge Greer

George W. Greer
Rm. 484, 315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-3933
Circuit Probate 3

e-mail address of the courthouse

courts@jud6.org
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Jeb Bush's e-mail is jeb@jeb.org  . His telephone is (850) 488-4441.

In a trial initiated by Michael Schiavo, Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer, issued a verdict delivered on February 11, 2000. Judge Greer granted authorization to discontinue Terri’s feeding tube. Judge Greer’s verdict will cause Terri to die in 10 to 14 days. Terri’s death will be by painful starvation.
http://www.terrisfight.org/situation.htm

TERRI SCHIAVO TO DIE IN ATTORNEY'S "DEATH FACTORY"? SUNCOAST HOSPICE BOSS WAS GEORGE FELOS...
http://becki-snow.blogspot.com/

doctors say Terri's starvation death will be agonizing and painful. (see below)

Terri was a Battered Wife?

The Schindlers are still hoping Bush will launch an investigation into Michael Schiavo.

One year after Terri's collapse, a bone scan revealed that she had compression fractures and apparent traumatic injuries.

Michael wants Terri's body cremated following her death. Attorneys with the Thomas More Legal Center, a pro-life law firm, are worried that doing so would destroy any evidence investigators could use to ascertain whether Terri was a victim of domestic abuse. SEE BONE SCAN http://www.apfn.org/apfn/bone.pdf

A 1991 medical report about Terri’s condition was not released at the insistence of Mr. Schiavo. Only recently has the information contained in that transcript been available. The unnamed physician who reviewed that nuclear imaging bone scan found evidence of ‘multiple fractures.’ ‘Somebody worked her over real good.’

Allegations prompt call for criminal probe into suspected abuse

One particular allegation that was "very disturbing" to Hennessy and prompted the request for a criminal investigation was lodged by Carla Sauer Iyer, a registered nurse who cared for Terri from about April of 1995 until August of 1996.

Iyer alleged that Terri's blood sugar levels were normally "very stable due to the uniformity of her diet." While she suspects Schiavo of injecting Terri with regular insulin to drive her into hypoglycemic shock, she acknowledged that she has no proof.

"She noted at least five times when Michael Schiavo would come to visit Terri, close the door to her room and then emerge sometime later and leave," Hennessy related. "On those occasions, Iyer had tested Terri's blood sugar, and the level was so low it wasn't even registering, she would administer dextrose to get Terri...out of danger."

Iyer's affidavit detailed the alleged incidents.

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Terri Schiavo - DEATH & TORTURE BY STARVATION in Florida!

 

Is NOT ALLOWED to make peace with her God... Priest is refused entrance to her room! [in America?]




The revered Roman Catholic priest who was barred from visiting Terri Schindler-Schiavo when she was hospitalized due to a medical crisis in mid-August is holding an all-night prayer vigil on behalf of the 39-year-old brain-disabled woman, whose death by court-ordered starvation is scheduled to begin in six days. http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35006

 

Michael Schiavo       Terri Schiavo

Terri received a $700,000 malpractice award in the early 1990s (doctors hadn't done enough to diagnose the potassium deficiency that led to her heart attack); husband Michael has been paying his legal fees out of it in his fight to end her life. If she dies, as her husband (he has never filed for divorce) he will receive whatever funds are left.

[SNIP]

"Michael [Schiavo] would say, 'When is she going to die? Has she died yet?' and 'When is that bitch going to die?'" Iyer charged. "Other statements which I recall him making include, 'Can't anything be done to accelerate her death, won't she ever die?' When she wouldn't die, Michael [Schiavo] would be furious."

Conversely, Iyer said that when she would have to call Schiavo to inform him of a downturn in Terri's condition, Schiavo would be elated.

"Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled even, hoping that she would die," Iyer recalled. "He would blurt out, 'I'm going to be rich,' and would talk about all the things he would buy when Terri died, which included a new car, a new boat and going to Europe, among other things."

[SNIP] more below:

Michael          Terri

In early October, 1990, the latest hearing began to determine the 38-year-old woman's fate. Her parents and their doctors say Terri is responsive and deserves to live. Her husband, who has just had a daughter by the woman to which he is now engaged, wants Terri to die. http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/1102/1102ft1.html

Michael Schiavo now has a child -- and a second one on the way --
with another woman but remains married to Terri and in control of
her medical fund and her fate.
 
 
"(The Schindlers) are about to lose their daughter because no
one wants to put a teaspoon of Jello to her mouth. It's insane,"
said attorney Christopher Ferrara of the American Catholic Lawyers
Association at a hearing in Clearwater, Fla., before Circuit Court
Judge George Greer in September.
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20031017.htm

 

Michael Is a Criminal According to Florida State Law:

798.01. Living in open adultery

Whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Where either of the parties living in an open state of adultery is married, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty of the offense provided for in this section.

http://www.sodomy.org/laws/florida/cohabitation.html

The 2003 Florida Statutes

765.309  Mercy killing or euthanasia not authorized; suicide distinguished.--

(1)  Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying.

(2)  The withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures from a patient in accordance with any provision of this chapter does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide.

History.
--s. 4, ch. 92-199.


On Sunday, October 19, 2003, as the round-the-clock vigil continues for Terri Schindler-Schiavo, protesters have arranged a demonstration to show their dismay at Florida's Governor Jeb Bush.

Volunteers for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation have learned that a group of Republican demonstrators are planning to shred their voter registration cards and officially change their party affiliations in order to call attention to the Governor's refusal to intervene on behalf of Terri Schindler-Schiavo.

Governor Bush has received more than 130,000 petitions to intervene on behalf of the disabled Pinellas County woman since July of this year. He has been instructed by 7 distinguished legal experts that, not only does he have the authority to act, but that he also has an obligation to take action.

Mr. Bush, during his Gubernatorial race in Florida, called himself a "Champion of the disabled .

On other fronts, Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, who has been Terri's spiritual provider for over 3 years, was told he may not administer to her the sacrament of Holy Communion. Monsignor was informed by police at Hospice that he would be stopped if he tried to administer the Catholic woman the sacrament.

In a statement to the press, Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos stated that the reason for this was that he didn't want anyone to do something that would cause Terri distress.

Demonstrators will be convening at Hospice Woodside at 10.00am on Sunday. At that time, there will also be Sunday Worship in Terri's name.

If you would like to attend, Hospice Woodside is located at 6770 102nd Avenue North in Pinellas Park, Florida.

Click below to view the map for the above location.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?W2F314046

Terri Schiavo Video
(Video Requires Real Player - Get it Here)
This is a video clip of the video showing Terri tracking a balloon at the command of an examining doctor. This is one of many clips presented to the court as evidence that Terri is not "Brain Dead" as she is being depicted by Schiavo's attorney, George Felos. He refers to Terri in court as a "House Plant." As you can readily see, Terri is obeying commands, which should make her legally ineligible to have her feeding removed. Never the less, the court ordered her to die. http://www.glennbeck.com/news/07282003.shtml

Downloads, Documents and More
The following files are tools you can use to learn more about Terri's situation and the legal battle to save her life. One of the biggest tasks Terri's family has had to face is undoing a lot of harm caused by misinformation. These documents will help you sort through the misinformation and untruths you may have already read or heard about Terri
 
Media Kit - PDF format
This document contains Terri's story, court information and corrections to myths and misconceptions about the case.
Court Documents
Petition for Intervention - PDF Format
This document, filed September 10, 2003, outlines many violations of Florida Statutes by Terri's guardian, Michael Schiavo. This document states very legitimate reasons Mr. Schiavo should be removed as Terri's guardian immediately.
 
Bone Scan - PDF Format
Terri's bone scan from March 5, 1991, indicating trauma, multiple fractures and injuries caused the night of her "collapse". State Attorney, Bernie McCabe refused to investigate this matter because of the time that had elapsed. NOTE: The text in this document has been highlighted so that the most important entries are clear.
 
Audio - Visual Files
Big Eyes -Real Media
During an examination, the doctor asks Terri to open her eyes wide. She opens her eyes, turns her head and raises her eyebrows in response.
Balloon -Real Media
During an examination, Terri is asked to track a balloon with her eyes. She does and the Dr. SAYS "You see that, don't you!" During his testimony, however, he called Terri "totally unresponsive".
Terri and her Mother -Real Media

Terri is shown reacting to her mother's affection with a glowing smile.

Swab -Real Media
During an examination, Terri shows CLEAR annoyance with being tickled with a cotton swab.

Music -Real Media

Terri's parents play piano music for her and Terri listens and laughs.

How's your cold -Real Media

Terri is seen lying quietly until her mother is in view. Terri's eyebrows pop up, she smiles broadly at her mother and she vocalizes when her mother asks her how she is feeling.

Sound Files in MP3 Format

Girlfriend
This is an audio clip in MP3 format of a former girlfriend of Michael Schiavo speaking out on his treatment of his wife. Originally aired on WMTX 100.7FM in Tampa, Florida.
Terri communicates with her father. She responds to his questions and tries desperately to speak. This is NOT something a patient in a persistent vegetative state could possibly do.
Clip 1   Clip 2   Clip 3
Software you might need
Acrobat Reader Real Media Player (for videos)
Winamp (for audio files)

http://www.terrisfight.org/downloads/index.html


Terri was a Battered Wife?

A 1991 bone scan recently discovered by Pat Anderson, attorney for Schiavo's parents, shows old fractures to Terri's ribs, back, knees and ankles. Her family believes the newly uncovered scan supports allegations that her disabilities are due to domestic violence. At an emergency Nov. 15 hearing, they asked the court once again that Michael Schiavo be removed as guardian.

They want the suspected violence and subsequent lack of treatment for her breaks to be investigated before Judge Greer rules on whether her feeding tube is removed. http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/1102/1102ft1.html



APFN
Abuse report filed for Terri Schiavo (Judicial Watch)
Sat Oct 18 16:06:32 2003
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Abuse report filed for Terri Schiavo
Judicial Watch says it now has given Jeb Bush premise to intervene
Posted: October 18, 2003 - 1:00 a.m. Eastern
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35149

The Washington, D.C., watchdog group Judicial Watch filed an abuse complaint it says will allow Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene on behalf of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the brain-disabled woman who is starving under a court order initiated by her husband.
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35145

Judicial Watch President Thomas Fitton faxed a "Form to Report Abuse/Abandonment/Neglect/Exploitation" with the Florida Department of Children and Families yesterday then sent a letter to Bush and DCF Secretary Jerry Regier.

The letter said, "Based on our formal complaint via the faxed report referenced above, you have the authority and sufficient cause to immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo; to restore her nutrition; and to initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability."

Fitton said these actions are in accord with the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution, Article 2, Section 5, and Florida statutes 825.102 and 782.04(2)(i), 77.04.

The abuse report, under "Description of Incident," says:

Thirteen years ago Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage from a sudden collapse. She receives her food and water by means of a feeding tube. Terri's other bodily functions are stable. She responds to voices, and is capable of smiling, laughing and crying. She vocalizes well.

Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, has denied her any rehabilitation treatment since 1993. On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, Michael Schiavo directed that Terri's feeding tube be disconnected, subjecting her to starvation and dehydration that will result in an anguishing death in approximately 10 to 14 days.

Judicial Watch is known for its many lawsuits against President Clinton's administration. But the group also has taken on the current White House, including a lawsuit to force the release of information about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.

Longtime Judicial Watch leader Larry Klayman recently declared he will run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida.

Legal documents and information on Terri's case are posted on the family's website.
http://www.terrisfight.org

Bob and Mary Schindler plan to file a motion today that asks the U.S. District Court in Tampa to stop their son-in-law from removing life support and force a circuit judge to hold a new trial.

http://www.terrisfight.org/lead.htm

Here is the latest information available on the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case.

Terri Schiavo wants to live

Mary Schindler, Terri's mother (photo: Gary McCullough, Christian Communication Network).

Robert Schindler speaks to reporters outside hospice (photo: Gary McCullough, Christian Communication Network).
Secret therapy given to disabled woman who starts judge-ordered starvation today Oct 15, 2003

Terri Schindler-Schiavo does not want to die. She would like to go home. And she tried to convey this to her father in no uncertain terms by sitting bolt upright and trying to get out of her chair when told she might be killed, her family has revealed.

The stunning news was released yesterday afternoon by Terri's father, Robert Schindler, at the 'round-the-clock vigil outside the Woodside Hospice facility in Pinellas Park, Fla., where his daughter's court-ordered death by starvation is scheduled to begin today at 2 p.m. Eastern. At that time, her husband and legal guardian Michael Schiavo is scheduled to give the order to disconnect the 39-year-old brain-disabled woman's feeding tube that has provided her with sustenance for the past 13 years.

In an interview a few hours earlier, Schindler described the incident to WorldNetDaily. He said he was holding a cell phone to Terri's ear as she listened intently to the speaker, propped in her jerry-chair at about a 30-degree angle. Suddenly she sat up straight and tried to get out of her chair, despite her weak legs and muscles that were slack from lack of exercise.

His daughter's response stunned Schindler, who grabbed the phone and asked, "My God, what did you tell her?"

The speaker said he had warned, "If you don't get up and get out of there, you're going to die there."

"He was ecstatic when I told him what Terri had tried to do," Schindler said.

And so was Schindler. It was part of a covert rehabilitation program the desperate father and Galaxy Wave Group – a therapeutic company on the cutting-edge of medical technology – devised for Terri in a bold attempt to bring her to a point of recovery where even Florida judges would realize they could not allow her to be starved.

Beginning in late November last year and continuing until the end of February, Terri received daily, hour-long therapy sessions by telephone with company president Dr. Joe Champion or one of his therapists.

While Schindler held the phone to his daughter's ear, they would talk with her, giving her instructions and tasks: move your left arm, move your hand, and so on.

"We started right around Thanksgiving," Schindler recalled. "The first day Dr. Champion listened to the sounds she was making and said he felt it wouldn't be long before she was talking. That was the objective."

The therapy sessions lasted through February, but were interrupted by bouts of flu and other illnesses. One particularly severe illness caused her to relapse.

The "tough love" of telling Terri what lies in store for her was tried several times to stimulate her to work hard.

In a signed affidavit read at the press conference Champion described one of the sessions.

"In December of 2002, I confronted Ms. Schindler with the 'truth' and told her that unless she helped me in returning her from the comatose state that she was in that she was going to die a horrid death," he wrote. "I explained in detail that they would remove the single tube that was providing her nutrition and she would slowly die of starvation. At this point, it was reported by her father that she sat up in bed and became teary eyed."

That Terri understands her own mortality and reacts so strongly when threatened runs counter to the official notion that she is oblivious to her surroundings and will not even know she is being dehydrated and starved to death.

Shiavo's attorney, George Felos, a well-known "right-to-die" advocate, said the claims of improvement that the Schindlers have been making in the last few weeks are impossible.

"There is no cognition, no consciousness," he told the Tampa Tribune.

He further explained why no effort was made to spoon-feed her.

"She simply does not have the ability to take food or water by mouth," he said. "If they tried that, she would aspirate it and suffer an infection that would likely prove fatal."

To corroborate Schindler's account and for further details, WorldNetDaily contacted the person who worked with Terri via telephone. He agreed to be interviewed, but requested his name not be used.

According to "Mr. Smith," Terri was able to move her hand, her arm, her leg on command. She couldn't speak, but she followed instructions.

"The bottom line is she is not vegetative, the way the husband and the side the court has gone with want to portray her," Smith said. "She definitely has some brain damage and severe problems, but she is not a vegetable."

"The problem for Terri is that she can do things, but not on a consistent basis. One day she couldn't, another day she couldn't or wouldn't," he explained. "I can't tell you the reasons, but Terri has her good days and bad days. On a good day she can respond appropriately with no problems. She understands."

Some days are extremely good – like the day she tried to get out of her chair.

"The way Bob [Schindler] described it to you is exactly correct," Smith said. "She just about got out of that chair."

As he tells it: "I was telling her she has to work with us. I couldn't tell you my exact words now; it's been a year. But I was explaining to her that she needed to work with me, that if we could get her to the point to where she could prove to people that she understood, she could get out of there and go home with her parents. I was explaining to her that she had to work with us and respond or they were going to let her die. That's when she tried to get out of the chair."

Smith said they stopped the sessions when he had to leave the area for a couple of months and were not resumed on his return.

It is clear to Schindler that the therapy was working, but until now he has not wanted to talk about it. He could not even bring it up in court as evidence, because it possibly violated a court order.

The Schindlers had reason to suspect that their efforts to help Terri would not be appreciated and that Schiavo might even obtain a court order banning them from her room, as he had done in the past. At one point, he banned Terri's brother and sister from her room for five months simply because they asked the nurse to try and give her some pudding. But there were other instances.

At the initial trial in January 2000, the Schindlers' attorney at the time, Pamela Campbell, introduced into evidence a video of Terri made by a friend of her sister, Suzanne Schindler. It was shown on television news, and three doctors who saw it contacted Robert Schindler saying that they did not believe his daughter was in a persistent vegetative state, but that they wanted to examine her to be sure.

Schindler said he took each of them into her room, and they tested her reactions to stimuli. They found she was definitely not in a persistent vegetative state, that she was cognizant and could recognize her family, because when she saw members of her family she would smile and showed signs of recognition.

All three said they believed Terri had the ability to swallow because she was not drooling. The affidavits were sent to probate Judge George Greer requesting him to allow a swallowing test, which he summarily denied.

Greer accepted the affidavits but did not change his mind.

Schiavo was furious that a video had been made of Terri and doctors had been taken to visit her. In response to his demands, Greer issued an order banning further videotaping and any still photography, and a list of "approved" visitors was drawn up. The list was relatively long – over 40 names – but there was a catch. Visitors could only see Terri if accompanied by a family member. This meant even Terri's priest, Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, did not have normal access to her.

Schiavo and attorney Felos decided that greater controls were needed. In April 2000, they moved Terri surreptitiously from the nursing home that had been her home for six years to the Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast, a place intended for people in the last stages of an illness.

Regulations generally prohibit a hospice from taking a patient who is not terminally ill and expected to live longer than six months to a year. But Felos was chairman of the board of directors of the hospice and was able to arrange for her admission. He resigned his position shortly thereafter.

A year later, in April 2001, her death by dehydration was ordered to begin, and the day her feeding was stopped her brother and sister came by with a spoon and a cup of pudding, asking a nurse to try to feed her by mouth. The nurse refused and reported the request to others. When Schiavo found out he demanded that Bobby and Suzanne be removed from the list of approved visitors, and Greer rubberstamped his request.

"We were trying to play by the rules," Bobby told WorldNetDaily. "But that didn't matter. We were kicked off the list anyway."

Terri was 60 hours without food or water before a different judge issued an emergency stay because new evidence had come to light, and her feeding was resumed.

The evidence was strong enough for a stay, but not strong enough to end Schiavo's efforts. A series of appeals followed, and in November 2001, the 2nd District Court of Appeals ordered an evidentiary hearing held in the fall of 2002.

Five months following their banishment from the Hospice, Bobby and Suzanne Schindler had their visiting rights restored, but only on condition that they not attempt any spoon-feeding.

"I don't want anyone trying to feed that girl," Greer thundered.

Greer did not specifically place audio-taping and therapy-by-telephone on the list of banned activities, but experience had taught the Schindler family that it was best to keep such efforts to themselves rather than run the risk of angering Schiavo and having their visiting rights suspended.

As WorldNetDaily reported, the Schindlers have been fighting with their son-in-law for 10 years over the lack of care and therapy Schiavo provided for their daughter, who suffered massive brain damage when she collapsed at her home 13 years ago under mysterious circumstances at the age of 26.

The contentious family dispute escalated into a major euthanasia battle in May 1998, when Schiavo petitioned the Florida courts for permission to end his wife's life by disconnecting her feeding tube, insisting she is in a "persistent vegetative state" and that in casual conversations she had told him she would not want to be kept alive "artificially." Although Terri breathes on her on and maintains her own blood pressure, she requires a simple tube into her abdomen to her stomach for nourishment and hydration.

Although Terri's parents and siblings have claimed for years that she recognizes them and tries to talk, and over a dozen prominent doctors and therapists have stated under oath that she is not in a persistent vegetative state and with therapy could be rehabilitated, a handful of doctors have testified she is "vegetative." They claim her expressions and vocalizations are simply reflex actions and she will never regain consciousness. Despite a scarcity of expert testimony and evidence for Schiavo's position, the Florida courts have consistently sided with him and Felos.

When the seven-member Florida Supreme Court in August turned down a petition by the Schindlers to review the case, the way was clear for Schiavo to order his wife starved to death.

On Sept. 17, Greer, of the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, scheduled Oct. 15, today, as the day Terri's feeding tube would be removed.

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry is coordinating the vigil. He advises anyone who wants to help Terri to telephone Gov. Jeb Bush and urge him to instruct the Department of Children and Families, which enforces standards of hospice care, to do their own investigation to see if she has been getting proper care and rehabilitation.

"Which we know she has not and will not if they take her tube away," said Terry. "And when they find she has not, then Bush can order them to assume guardianship. They must take the guardianship away from the husband."

Jeb Bush's e-mail is jeb@jeb.org . His telephone is (850) 488-4441.

Legal documents and information on Terri's fight for life are posted on the family's website.

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35083


COURT ORDERS?

A Deathrow serial-killer can receive Lethal Injection. (instant death)

 Terri an innocent 39 yr old lady receives death by starvation/torture!



Michael Schiavo's lawyer George Felos , and the Occult

Times photos: Scott Keeler]
Lawyer George Felos practices yoga at his Dunedin home to help him cope with the stresses of cases such as that of Terri Schiavo. Felos represents her husband, Michael Schiavo, in his efforts to have her feeding tube removed.

The spirit and the law

http://www.sptimes.com/News/052501/Floridian/The_spirit_and_the_la.shtml

MORE: http://www.bluedolphinpublishing.com/Felos.htm



TERRI SCHIAVO TO DIE IN ATTORNEY'S "DEATH FACTORY"? SUNCOAST HOSPICE BOSS WAS GEORGE FELOS...

http://becki-snow.blogspot.com/

It reads like fiction, but it parallels the story of Michael Schiavo (the Man), Terri Schiavo (his Wife), and George J. Felos (the Lawyer/Board Member/Past Board Member of "The Hospice") - and unless some brave soul intervenes, it will end with the murder of Terri Schiavo.


Terri Schiavo, an incapacitated but warmly responsive young woman, is in the care of "The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast" ("Hospice House Woodside") at 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, Florida. But unknown to her advocates, all of Terri's medical care has been influenced by a Past Chairman of the Hospice's Board of Directors - George J. Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, and self-described "right-to-die" advocate.


Many of the Hospice nurses, volunteers, and doctors who are charged with the care, feeding, and unbiased medical evaluation of Terri Schiavo worked for George J. Felos, a man who has publically proclaimed that Terri must die.


The death Felos has prescribed for Terri starts with a ban on all but the most basic physical care - the once beautiful woman rots in her "Hospice of the Florida Suncoast" bed; Terri's advocates claim her teeth are unbrushed, her nails untrimmed, her infections untreated. This was not always the case - even after her brain injury, Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, kept her groomed and pretty. Terri was even starting to speak again - words like "yes" "no" and "stop that" - but that was before Michael Schiavo hired George Felos to help his wife "die with dignity". Now, Terri's parents have been safely removed so as to avoid "false hope". All media and medical access is tightly controlled by Micheal Schiavo and Felos; in response, Terri has at last physically and mentally degenerated to the level where she may be exterminated by polite society.


Terri's slow death will grind down to a brutal, final starvation, executed at Felos' request on Jan 3, 2003. Upon Terri's death, several hundred thousand dollars that were earmarked for Terri's long-term care and therapy will finally be released to her husband Michael Schiavo, his new lover and their baby, to his attorney George Felos, and quite possibly in turn to the Hospice itself. It is unknown if Felos would advocate quick death for hospice patients who do not have large sums of money lubricating their exit from life; evidently the Hospice has not been forthcoming with clients in regard to George Felos' true role at the Hospice.


"The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" has kept this information largely out of the public eye, but an investigation of the Hospice's annual reports reveals a new twist in the case of Terri Schiavo: George J. Felos was the official but unseen hand of the Hospice - and he advocates death for those in his care.


Neither George Felos nor "The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast" have openly disclosed the facts of Terri Schiavo's case to Terri's many advocates - that from February 13, 1997 until at least April 26, 2001, George J. Felos was listed as a member or recent member of the Board of Directors for "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" on the non-profit's annual reports.

Certainly one would hope that if the true role George Felos had been revealed in court, Judge George Greer would have made a much different ruling concerning Terri Schiavo's fate. Without knowledge of this conflict of interest, the Sixth Circuit Judge would be forgiven if he seemed to believe that such a noble institution as hospice - caring compassionately for the dying - could be trusted to make an unbiased report regarding Terri Schiavo's medical condition and with her care. With the information regarding this conflict of interest, the courts will be remiss to believe any evidence that Felos OR his "Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" might proffer in reference to Terri. Considering this new evidence, it is the opinion of this writer that the courts of Florida would be complicit in Felos' duplicity should they not review this ruling.


Conversely, if Felos' chairmanship at the Hospice was indeed known to the courts during the trial, it would have been imperative that the court make this information known to the opposing council, Terri Schiavo's parents, and to the public. Suppression of information regarding the Hospice and Felos' conflict of interest would destroy the integrity of this court, considering that Judge Greer himself was declared by the court to be Terri's guardian ad litem by default. The guardian ad litem is required to act in the best interest of Terri Schiavo - not in the best interests of Mike Schiavo, the Schindlers, Attorney Felos or the Hospice. In the minds of many, no honest court could defensibly argue that Terri's best interests would be served by lawyers, individuals or entities who stand to profit from her death.


This information regarding lack of disclosure of conflict of interest by Felos and "The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast" should warrant appeal of the Court's Nov. 22 ruling, and should spur a call for further investigation into other cases of conflict of interest concerning the Hospice and Felos. The court's Nov. 22 ruling is based in part on medical information taken from Terri while she was in the care of the Hospice - information which may have been tainted by the lack of full disclosure regarding Past Chairman/Attorney George Felos.


According to The Hospice Patients Alliance Website and the Washington Post, ("Hospices Big Business, Thanks to Medicare; Exploitation of some patients is alleged" 06/14/98) this type of unethical activity is nothing new - it also may be illegal.

If "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" is to cast itself as an ethical entity, it should rectify and resolve this conflict of interest regarding it's Board of Directors and Past Chairman, George Felos:

It is this writer's opinion that:


- The Board of Directors of "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" cannot justify their actions, or the actions of past Chairman, George Felos if The Hospice knowingly placed Terri Schiavo in the care of Felos and his paid/volunteer subordinates without disclosing his role at the Hospice to the court, the public, or the Terri Schiavo's parents.


- The Board of Directors of "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" cannot claim to be advocates for their clients if they are not fully open regarding the past or present roles of George Felos with their donors, the courts, or the clients they purport to serve.


- The Board of Directors of "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast", cannot state they are caretakers if Felos and the Hospice worked together to hasten Terri Schiavo's death from the moment she was clandestinely removed from her nursing home and brought to the Hospice by Felos.


These new insights into the Hospice's inner workings raise questions that must be answered.

- How many elderly or infirm persons have Felos and the Hospice possibly exploited for monetary gain?
- How many other impaired but recovering persons may have been brought into the Hospice's "care" without their explicit consent?
- How many other incapacitated or differently-abled people might have suffered or will suffer the same fate as Terri Schiavo?
-Under Florida law, do these human beings qualify for the basic guarantees of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or are they only products to be mined by George Felos and "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast"?
-If Felos and the Hospice espouse that incapacitated people have no rights other than those assigned to them by the Hospice and it's agents, then is "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" nothing more than a Death Factory?

It is the opinion of this writer that George Felos' "Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" is not an uninterested third party in this case, as they portray themselves to be. The Board of Directors hired Michael Shiavo's lawyer as their Chairman, then obscured Felos' role while bringing Terri under Hospice's care. "The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast" should come clean and come forward with any additional information they may hold regarding George Felos, Terri Schiavo, or any other hospice patients who may have been "represented" by Felos. The Hospice must also reveal any plans that they and their past Chairman of the Board may have for Terri's award money following her "facilitated" death.


For Michael Schiavo, George J. Felos and the Board of Directors of "The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast", it seems that Terri Schiavo's death cannot come soon enough - and unless the American public can persuade the courts to rule otherwise, Terri will die October 15, 2003.


Copyright November 24, 2002 - Becki Snow

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Reincarnation and New Age Belief:

"It is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment" - Hebrews 9:27. Such is the clear declaration of scripture. However, most New Agers feel that one time around is just not sufficient to 'get it right'. Besides, there is the little matter of 'karma' (see comments below) - how are people to 'get what they deserve' if they die before the 'get it'? Reincarnation. They go around again - and again - and again.

In most Eastern religious teachings one could come back as 'anything' - a plant, a frog, a cow, a person of a higher caste, etc. This has led to the problem of dealing with animals and plants in India and such countries. They may be your grandmother - reincarnated of course. Some have thus been led to wear masks over their nose and mouth in order not to inhale some gnat or fly (i.e., grandma). The other drawback is seen in the rigid caste system. If you came back in a lower caste (i.e., determined by family and skin color) it was because you deserved it. You were experiencing the karma of a previous life. You deserved what ever treatment came with such 'caste'. Mistreating those of a lower caste was just their lot in life - you have done nothing wrong if you so mistreated them.  

New Agers commonly put a 'western twist' upon this teaching. Most have dropped the concept of coming back as a toadstool - or even as a cow (or bull). They have also dropped the caste system. Now you come back in order to 'do better' - to learn that you are god. This is supposed to continue until finally you do learn such.

 



Doctor Disputes Media Claims Terri Will Not Suffer Agonizing Death

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 16, 2003
http://www.lifenews.com/bio89.html

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- While Michael Schiavo and some media outlets claim Terri Schiavo will die in peace, doctors say Terri's starvation death will be agonizing and painful.

David Stevens, M.D., executive director of the Christian Medical Association, says Terri will suffer in part because she, despite media reports to the contrary, is not in a persistive vegetative state.

PVS patients are those who "are unaware of themselves, their environment and are unable to interact with others in any way," Stevens told LifeNews.com. "They can breathe and retain some brainstem reflexes but they are not able to sit up or do other things that Terri can do."

Stevens says that when feeding tubes are withdrawn patients should still receive food and water orally. That is not the case with Terri as Michael Schiavo decided against it and Judge Greer affirmed his decision.

"Nutrition and fluids or a universal human biologic requirement and a fundamental demonstration of human caring," Stevens explained.

As far as Terri's starvation is concerned, some media outlets have reported that Terri "won't feel a thing" because she will be prescribed pain medications. In fact, Michael contends Terri has had no feeling since her 1991 heart attack.

Peggy Guin, a nursing instructor at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, told the Tampa Tribune that her experience with patients removed from feeding tubes shows they feel no pain.

Kenneth Goodman, director of bioethics at the University of Miami School of Medicine, told the newspaper "she is not going to feel a thing."

"There is nothing unusual about terminating hydration and nutrition,'' Goodman said. "The reason why Florida law allows it, and the other 49 states allow it, is obviously that this can be done in a way that is pain-free and dignified. That is why it is legal.''

Stevens strongly disagrees.

"Without intervention Terri will not have a comfortable death," Stevens told LifeNews.com.

Technically, Terri will die from dehydration, not starvation.

"Her progression will go from thirst to extreme thirst. [Terri] is likely to cry and moan till she is so dehydrated she won't have tears and her mouth is too dry and cracked to make sounds," says Stevens.

"If she gets any fluids in by mouth (if they are allowed) the process could take longer," Stevens tells LifeNews.com.

Terri will likely suffer numerous symptoms over time, and they will get worse the longer it takes for her to die.

"She may have nose bleeds as the mucous dries out. She will probably experience nausea, vomiting and cramps as her intestines dehydrate. She will decrease her urine output, have dizziness, cramping in the arms and legs as her electrolytes get out of balance," Stevens explains.

Unless Terri's feeding tube is reinserted quickly or she is able to receive food and water orally, her situation may grow worse.

"She may have seizures and even further brain damage during the process," Stevens concludes.
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Audio Recap

 - Glenn explains the situation for those unfamiliar with this case
 - Glenn Beck gives his thoughts about Steve Schiavo

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"Wesley Smith: The Horrifying Case of Terri Schiavo"


Posted by Jean Shaw
Monday, October 13, 2003

     Wesley J. Smith, writing for The Weekly Standard, examines the horrifying case of Terri Schiavo, and the ramifications for medical ethics.

     AT 2:00 P.M. on October 15, 2003, Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is to be removed, after which she will slowly dehydrate to death.  This is to be done at the request of her husband, Michael Schiavo, and at the order of Judge George W. Greer of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, in Clearwater, Florida.  If the order is carried out, Terri will die over a period of 10 to 14 days.

     The Schiavo case is only the most recent ''food and fluids'' case to make national headlines, after Nancy Cruzan (Missouri), Michael Martin (Michigan), and Robert Wendland (California).  But Terri's case has gone a step beyond all the rest: Not only are Michael Schiavo's conflicts of interest so blatant that he should be allowed no say over her care, but Terri is also being denied rehabilitative therapy that several doctors and therapists have testified could wean her off the feeding tube.

     Terri Schiavo collapsed from unknown causes in 1990 and experienced a devastating brain injury.  Michael brought a medical malpractice case in which he promised the jury that he would provide Terri with rehabilitation and care for her for the rest of his life.  The jury in 1993 awarded $1.3 million in damages, approximately $750,000 of which was set aside to pay for her care and rehabilitation.  But once the money was in the bank, Michael refused to provide Terri with any rehab.  Moreover, within months, he had a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her chart.

     Had she died then, Michael would have inherited all the money.  But he denies having a venal motive, claiming that the trust fund money is now exhausted.  If true, this is bitterly ironic.  For the past three years he has been in litigation, opposed by Terri's parents and her other relatives.  Rather than the funds going to pay for medical therapists to help her, as the jury intended, much of it instead paid lawyers that Michael retained to obtain the court order to end her care.

     Michael's second conflict of interest is deeply personal.  He is engaged to be married and has had a baby with his fiancée, with another one on the way.  The couple would like to marry, but Michael's wife, inconveniently, is still alive.

     Judge Greer ordered Terri dehydrated based on dubious testimony from Michael, his brother, and his brother's wife that Terri told them she did not want to be hooked up to tubes--something he never told the malpractice jury when he sought a financial award.  To the contrary, the malpractice jury was told that Terri could expect a normal lifespan.

     Whatever Terri said or did not say, she certainly never asked to be denied the very treatment that might allow her to eat without medical assistance.  Yet, in the ultimate injustice, Judge Greer refuses to permit Terri to receive rehabilitative therapy that could help her relearn to eat by mouth, even though several doctors and therapists have testified under penalty of perjury that she is a good candidate for tube weaning.

     True, experts hired by Michael disagree.  But so what?  This isn't a case where we have to believe one side's medical experts or the other's.  The issue can be decided empirically by providing Terri with six months of therapy to see if she improves.  But Judge Greer, in a decision that elevated procedure over justice, won't do that because, he ruled, it would mean retrying the case.

     In that unreasonable denial, it looked as if Greer might have crossed a crucial line. St. Petersburg attorney Pat Anderson, who represents Terri's blood family, believed that denying food and water and potentially rehabilitative therapy that could have made the feeding tube unnecessary, reeked of discrimination against the disabled.  She filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking a federal injunction against the dehydration.  Adding to the suit's potential legal heft and credibility: Florida governor Jeb Bush dramatically signed on to the federal case, urging the court in an amicus brief to prevent Terri's dehydration until she received treatment to determine whether she could relearn to take food and water by mouth.  But once again, the law turned its back on her. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Lazzara ruled on October 10 that the federal courts had no jurisdiction and dismissed the case.

     People are often shocked at how Terri has been treated as somehow less than a fully human person by the legal and medical experts who are determined to see her dead.  They shouldn't be.  This case illustrates how utterly vulnerable people with profound cognitive disabilities have become in this country.  Not only are many routinely dehydrated to death--both the conscious and unconscious--but often the people making decisions to stop food and water, like Michael, have glaring conflicts of interest.

     Some of the worst such conflicts come not from family members but from a medical establishment eager to remedy the chronic shortage of organ donors.  The literature is brimming with advocacy that death be ''redefined'' to include a diagnosis of permanent unconsciousness.  An article just published in Critical Care Medicine, the journal for doctors who specialize in treating the most seriously ill and injured patients, urges the adoption of an even more radical policy.  Drs. Robert D. Troug and Walter M. Robinson, from Harvard Medical School and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital, Boston, want to discard the ''dead donor rule'' requiring that vital organ donors die before their organs can be procured, writing: ''We propose that individuals who desire to donate their organs and who are either neurologically devastated or imminently dying should be allowed to donate their organs, without first being declared dead.''

     The authors urge that the relevant question about organ donors should be changed from the current query--is the patient dead?--to, ''Are the harms of removing life-sustaining organs sufficiently small that patients or surrogates [e.g., Michael Schiavo] should be allowed to consent to donation?''  This is a prescription for moral freefall.  Not only do the authors strongly imply that some of us have less value than others but that those so denigrated can be killed for utilitarian ends.

     The answer to such a moral travesty would not be to expand medical homicide beyond patients who have suffered a total cessation of brain activity.  Rather, it would be to permit doctors to procure organs only from donors who have been declared dead in the traditional manner; because their hearts have ceased beating without hope of restarting.

     Advocacy in Critical Care Medicine for discarding the dead donor rule follows on the heels of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's advocacy for legalizing ''futile care theory,'' which would permit doctors to refuse wanted life-sustaining treatment--including ''low tech'' treatments such as antibiotics--based on the doctor's perception of the ''quality'' of the patient's life.  ''Given finite resources,'' the Ethics Committee stated in 1997, ''institutional providers should define what constitutes inadvisable treatment and determine when such treatment will not be sustained.''

     This plan is currently being implemented.  Medical and bioethics journals have reported in recent years that futile care protocols are being adopted quietly by hospitals throughout the country.

     The Schiavo case has drawn attention only because her family is in profound disagreement about the care she should receive.  If futile care theory takes hold, we may see fewer such cases, if only because the unilateral refusal of treatment will quietly take place without anyone speaking up for the patient.

     The sad truth is, many practitioners of bioethics, medicine, and law no longer believe that people like Terri Schiavo are fully human.  As a consequence, these patients are being systematically stripped of their fundamental right to life and, perhaps worse, are increasingly looked upon as mere natural resources whose bodies can be plundered for the benefit of others.  If it is true that a nation is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens, a lot is riding on the Schiavo case.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute.  His most recent book is "Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope From Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder."

http://www.chronwatch.com/featured/contentDisplay.asp?aid=4672


Legal Solution Now on Hand -- Will Florida Gov. Bush Intervene and Save Terri Schindler-Schiavo's Life?

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=129-10162003


Terri Schiavo's Parents Turn to Gov. Bush
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3273434,00.html

Friday October 17, 2003 2:31 AM

By MITCH STACY

Associated Press Writer

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) - The parents of a severely brain-damaged woman and others seeking to keep her alive pressed Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday to intervene in the case.

Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was removed Wednesday after a decade-long legal fight between her parents and her husband, who says she would rather die than be kept alive artificially. Doctors say she will die within two weeks without the tube.

Meanwhile, Schiavo's husband, Michael, has gotten death threats in recent days and temporarily moved from his Clearwater home, his attorney said Thursday.

Advocates for parents Bob and Mary Schindler sent the governor legal opinions co-signed by Richard Thompson, chief counsel at the conservative Thomas More Law Center, who prosecuted suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian in Michigan.

The letter maintains that Bush could legally intervene to order a criminal investigation into whether Terri Schiavo was ever abused by her husband, who has always denied such charges. If a probe were launched, she would have to be kept alive to preserve evidence.

George Felos, the attorney for Michael Schiavo, dismissed the opinions as ``ideological and inflammatory rhetoric.''

``I, as well as other attorneys who have looked at those, give no credibility to those opinions, and I would certainly expect that the governor's legal staff would come to the same conclusion,'' Felos said.

Both the State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have declined to pursue investigations, saying there is no physical evidence of abuse.

Felos said the death threats against Michael Schiavo have come via phone, mail and e-mail and were reported to authorities.

He said Michael Schiavo still planned to spend as much time as possible with his wife before she dies but would not be more specific about the visits.

Felos said he also issued an invitation to Bush to meet with Michael Schiavo at the hospice and visit with Terri. The governor's office has yet to respond, he said.

Bush has promised the Schindlers that his staff would continue to search for legal avenues that could save her life but has said he doesn't have the authority to overrule the courts. State courts have consistently affirmed Michael Schiavo's legal right to decide his wife's fate.

``The legal office has been talking to people trying to find some strategy where my office can intervene in a different fashion that will yield a different result,'' Bush said Thursday. ``So far we have not found that option.''

Terri Schiavo has been in a vegetative state since 1990, when her heart stopped because of what doctors said may have been a chemical imbalance.

Her husband says he is carrying out his wife's wishes that she not be kept alive artificially. Her parents believe she responds to them and could benefit from therapy.
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WND MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Lawyers: Bush can step in for Schiavo
Briefs on behalf of brain-damaged starving woman urge criminal probe
Posted: October 16, 2003 4:35 p.m. Eastern

By Sarah Foster
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35120

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has the authority and the legal obligation to use his executive powers to halt the death of Terri-Schindler-Schiavo and to launch a criminal investigation into the case, according to attorneys queried by the governor's legal office yesterday.

"Not only does the governor have such power, but the governor has the constitutional duty to prevent any action taken pursuant to such a court order, because such action would violate Ms. Schindler-Schiavo's constitutionally guaranteed 'inalienable right to enjoy and defend life' regardless of her 'physical disability' as secured by Article 1 Section 2 of the Florida State Constitution," wrote constitutional attorney Herb Titus, of Chesapeake, Va., in a memorandum faxed to the governor's legal office.

Titus, one of the constitutional experts contacted by the governor's office, represents Judge Roy Moore in his battle over the 10 Commandments monument in Montgomery, Ala.

Attorney Richard Thompson, who heads the Thomas More Law Center, a public-interest law firm in Ann Arbor, Mich., noted in a letter that Terri is "a victim of abuse and neglect," and under Florida law, "it is a crime to abuse or neglect a disabled adult" and to encourage another person to do so.

He further called on the governor to launch a full-scale criminal investigation into the circumstances of the case "and to take measures to prevent future harm to Ms. Schiavo pending the outcome of the investigation."

Terri's life-sustaining feeding tube was removed yesterday afternoon in compliance with a judge's order as her mother and husband, Michael Schiavo, who demanded the removal, looked on. Although Terri is well into the second day of forced starvation, it's not too late for Bush to take the woman into protective custody and halt the death process.

But the clock is ticking. Without food and water, doctors say the 39-year-old brain-disabled woman will die within seven to 14 days. The documents were made public today at a noon press conference outside the Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast's Woodside Facility in Pinellas Park, where Terri has resided since April 2000.

Bush has insisted that his hands are tied and Terri's fate is "in the hands of the court." However, he met yesterday morning with Terri's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, and assured them that if there were some way he could intervene he would do so, and she could have her feeding tube reinstalled.

Randall Terry, noted pro-life activist and founder of Operation Rescue, accompanied the Schindlers at their meeting with Bush.

Terry told WorldNetDaily, "We put the question to him: If there was a legal means for you to intervene and it did not violate the separation of powers, and you were in fact upholding your oath of office, would you do it? He said, 'Yes. I would be very interested. Let us know.'"

Terry said there were "crews working all night, different law firms putting together legal briefs, memoranda of law showing that he does in fact have the constitutional authority, even the duty, to intervene on Terri's behalf. So his legal people have all of those memoranda right now, and we're just hoping and praying that he will step up to the plate, issue the order and rescue Terri."

As WorldNetDaily reported, the Schindlers have been fighting with their son-in-law for 10 years over the lack of care and therapy Schiavo has provided for their daughter, who suffered massive brain damage when she collapsed at her home 13 years ago under mysterious circumstances at the age of 26.

The contentious family dispute escalated into a major euthanasia battle in May 1998, when Schiavo petitioned the Florida courts for permission to end his wife's life by disconnecting her feeding tube, insisting she is in a "persistent vegetative state" and that in casual conversations she had told him she would not want to be kept alive "artificially." Although Terri breathes on her on and maintains her own blood pressure, she requires a simple tube into her abdomen to her stomach for nourishment and hydration.

Although Terri's parents and siblings have claimed for years that she recognizes them and tries to talk, and over a dozen prominent doctors and therapists have stated under oath that she is not in a persistent vegetative state and with therapy could be rehabilitated, a handful of doctors have testified she is "vegetative." They claim her expressions and vocalizations are simply reflex actions and she will never regain consciousness. Despite a scarcity of expert testimony and evidence for Schiavo's position, the Florida courts have consistently sided with him and attorney George Felos.

When the seven-member Florida Supreme Court in August turned down a petition by the Schindlers to review the case, the way was clear for Schiavo to order his wife starved to death.

On Sept. 17, Judge Greer scheduled Oct. 15 as the day Terri's feeding tube would be removed.

The memoranda and other legal documents and information on Terri's fight for life are posted on the family's website.

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STARVATION DAY 3 - Desperate parents petition high court
Fri Oct 17 19:12:27 2003
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STARVATION DAY 3
Desperate parents petition high court
Seek mandate for Jeb Bush to save Terri, willing to take appeal to U.S. Supremes
Posted: October 17, 2003
5:00 p.m. Eastern

By Art Moore
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Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal denied a petition by attorneys for the parents of Terri Schindler-Schiavo to mandate Gov. Jeb Bush intervene to prevent the brain-disabled woman from being starved to death as demanded by her husband.

Robert and Mary Schindler's attorneys will file a further appeal this afternoon with the Florida Supreme Court and are willing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

Terri's feeding tube was removed Wednesday by order of Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer. Doctors say she can live no more than two weeks after its removal, but the Schindlers fear she could die this weekend from morphine treatment given to relieve some of the pain of the starvation process.

At a press conference monitored by WorldNetDaily this afternoon, pro-life advocate Randall Terry, representing the Schindlers, said an attorney also is appealing directly to the governor through one of his legal aides.

"At this point, it is clear the clock is running out," Terry said, "and this is about the political will of the governor. He is literally their last hope."

Terry then directed his words to Bush.

"In the name of God, intervene," he said. Do the right thing. You have the authority, now use it."

Bush has been sympathetic to the Schindler's position, but the governor's legal team said yesterday it has been unable to find a basis for interention.

"The legal office has been talking to people trying to find some strategy where my office can intervene in a different fashion that will yield a different result," Bush said. "So far we have not found that option."

Attorneys queried by the governor's legal office yesterday said Bush has the authority and the legal obligation to use his executive powers to prevent Terri's death and to launch a criminal investigation into the case.

Felos dismissed the opinions as "ideological and inflammatory rhetoric."

Chased by death threats

Michael Schiavo temporarily has moved from his Clearwater, Fla., home after receiving death threats, the Associated Press reported.

His attorney, George Felos, said the threats, via phone, mail and e-mail, have been reported to authorities.

Schiavo, who insists Terri told him of her wish to not use extraordinary means to keep her alive, has been living with another woman, Jodi Centonze, with whom he has a daughter, Olivia.

He contends Terri is in a "persistent vegetative state," but more than a dozen medical professionals have flatly refuted that. Videos released by the family indicate she is alert and responsive to people around her.

Michael Schiavo has presented testimony from physicians who maintain Terri merely is exhibiting reflexive actions.

Meanwhile, Judge Greer's office has been flooded with e-mails, mostly from people angry about his ruling, reports WTVT-TV in Tampa.

"You're nothing but a heartless killer in a robe," one e-mail said. "At least the color of black fits you. I can only hope that you'll soon die by starvation and dehydration."

Court spokesman Ron Stuart argued the judge is only doing his job, the Tampa station said.

"I've tried to tell some of the people who call that their anger should be directed at Mr. Schiavo," said Stuart. "He's the one who's ultimately making the decision."

Legal documents and information on Terri's case are posted on the family's website.

Previous stories

Lawyers: Bush can step in for Schiavo

Starvation begins for Terri Schiavo

Husband protests video showing alert Terri

Terri Schiavo wants to live

No intervention for Schiavo

Joni Eareckson Tada joins vigil for Terri Schiavo

Hearing today on woman scheduled to starve

Prayer vigil for Terri Schiavo

Bush steps in for Schindler-Schiavo

Florida AG intervenes in Schiavo lawsuit

Order signed for starvation of disabled woman

Disabled woman wins reprieve

Another 9-11 date with death

Federal judge considers Schiavo case

Federal Court grants emergency hearing in Schiavo case

Attorney: Jeb Bush letter only a 'good first step'

Gov. Bush's plea for Schindler-Schiavo rejected

Jeb Bush intervenes for Schindler-Schiavo

Legal setbacks clear way for Schiavo starvation

Schindler-Schiavo on 'death row'

Husband bars priest from brain-damaged wife

Brain-damaged woman hospitalized

Fight for life bombshell: Terri trying to talk

Petition drive launched for Terri Schiavo

Commentary

'Murder is legal if we say so'

Art Moore is a news editor with WorldNetDaily.com.


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Abuse report filed for Terri Schiavo (Judicial Watch)
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Abuse report filed for Terri Schiavo
Judicial Watch says it now has given Jeb Bush premise to intervene
Posted: October 18, 2003 - 1:00 a.m. Eastern
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35149

The Washington, D.C., watchdog group Judicial Watch filed an abuse complaint it says will allow Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene on behalf of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the brain-disabled woman who is starving under a court order initiated by her husband.
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35145

Judicial Watch President Thomas Fitton faxed a "Form to Report Abuse/Abandonment/Neglect/Exploitation" with the Florida Department of Children and Families yesterday then sent a letter to Bush and DCF Secretary Jerry Regier.

The letter said, "Based on our formal complaint via the faxed report referenced above, you have the authority and sufficient cause to immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo; to restore her nutrition; and to initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability."

Fitton said these actions are in accord with the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution, Article 2, Section 5, and Florida statutes 825.102 and 782.04(2)(i), 77.04.

The abuse report, under "Description of Incident," says:

Thirteen years ago Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage from a sudden collapse. She receives her food and water by means of a feeding tube. Terri's other bodily functions are stable. She responds to voices, and is capable of smiling, laughing and crying. She vocalizes well.

Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, has denied her any rehabilitation treatment since 1993. On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, Michael Schiavo directed that Terri's feeding tube be disconnected, subjecting her to starvation and dehydration that will result in an anguishing death in approximately 10 to 14 days.

Judicial Watch is known for its many lawsuits against President Clinton's administration. But the group also has taken on the current White House, including a lawsuit to force the release of information about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.

Longtime Judicial Watch leader Larry Klayman recently declared he will run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida.

Legal documents and information on Terri's case are posted on the family's website.
http://www.terrisfight.org

Desperate parents plead to Jeb Bush
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Phone State Attorney Bernie McCabe
In Clearwater on 727-464-6221

Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist
Office of Attorney General
State of Florida - The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
850-414-3990
850-487-2564 Fax
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Governor Jeb Bush
Florida Capitol Building, PL-05
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
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Attorney General John Ashcroft
US Dept. of Justice
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Washing, DC 20530-0001
202-353-1555

askDOJ@usdoj.gov
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(Oversees all judges in the 6th
district).
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St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-582-7882
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The Tampa Tribune
Letters to the Editor
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Letters to the Editor
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Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation
HTTP://www.terrisfight.org
4615 Gulf Blvd #104-103, St Petersburg Beach, FL 33706
 



 

Robert S. Schindler Sr.
6075 Shore Blvd S - 402
Gulfport, FL 33707
727-302-9363


 

                                                                                     March 18, 2003


 

Ms. Pat Sargent -  Administrator
Hospice Woodside
6770 102nd Ave. N
Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Dear Pat,

For the record, on December 13, 2002, we (Terri's family) became aware that Terri was suffering from a Virus/Flu like infection. Typically over the past three years, when Terri required a doctor's attention, we had to literally beg the Hospice nursing staff to have a doctor examine Terri.

This occasion was no different. We expressed our fear to the Hospice nursing staff that Terri would develop pneumonia unless she received a doctor's examination.  As you know, our requests were ignored. Out of frustration, we placed phone calls to Dr. Gambone, which the Doctor ignored. Never-the-less, Dr. Gambone did phone in a medication order for Terri.

Although Terri seemed to be rebounding from the Virus/Flu infection, she began to cough, at times violently. We called Terri's persistent coughing to the attention of the nursing staff, however no remedy action steps were taken. The coughing continued throughout the month of January 2003. By February 8, 2003, Terri's coughing increased substantially, accompanied by a heavy mucus buildup. The mucus problem became so severe it required Terri to be regularly suctioned. A byproduct of the suctioning caused a throat irritation, which impeded Terri's swallowing capabilities.

Once again we pleaded with the hospice nursing staff that Terri receive the attention of a doctor. Once again our pleas were unheard. Since there were no indications that Dr. Gambone had visited or would visit Terri, we advised the nursing staff we would initiate a call to Dr. Gambone. Shortly after, the nursing staff advised us that Dr. Gambone called in and was ordering a vapor mist for Terri plus cough medicine. Although the medication offered some relief, Terri's coughing condition still lingered.

On Wednesday February 12, 2003, we visited with you and Ann Saint Marie(?) pleading once again to have Terri examined by a doctor. Later that day, we were told that Hospice's Doctor Moore saw Terri. We were also told, Dr. Moore recommended to continue the vapor mist and cough medicine treatment.

Since December 13, 2002. Terri has been suffering from the lingering effects of the Virus/Flu and it's associated ailments. For the past 3 months Terri has been coughing and audibly is congested, emitting raspy sounds of mucus accumulation.
The degree of coughing and mucus buildup varies. However, the effect of the prolonged cough and mucus accumulation is visually taking it's toll on Terri's physical condition.

As Terri's medical caretaker, we are bewildered how in good conscience, Hospice has not taken steps to remedy Terri's lingering medical condition. As of March 15, 2003 Terri still has a disturbing cough and she has not fully recovered from the Virus/Flu. Even an unskilled medical neophyte can conclude that unless Terri receives immediate Doctor supervised medical attention, she will develop a serious medical problem.

With this consequence in mind, on Monday March 17, 2003, Mary requested that you have Terri receive a chest x-ray, if only to determine that Terri may have contracted pneumonia.  Later on Monday, you advised Mary that Michael Schiavo will not give his permission to have Terri tested to determine if she has or is developing pneumonia. Need I tell you, pneumonia is a life threatening medical problem.

In our meeting on February 12, 2003, I expressed our concern that Terri's lack of proper medical attention could and would lead to a fatal illness. I also indicated that while Terri was under Hospice's care, Hospice had a responsibility to have a doctor examine Terri and to treat Terri should she require medical assistance.

Your action of denying Terri a routine chest x-ray to determine if Terri may have contracted pneumonia, speaks volumes. It appears you are being instructed to make critical medical decisions based on instructions from a person who is medically unqualified.

I am confident we mutually share the same esteem for the medical profession and the ethics contained within such a highly regarded vocation. Therefore, Mary and I implore you to provide the routine medical care we are requesting for Terri.

Please place this letter in Terri's file.  I am sending a copy of it to Dr. Gambone.

                                                                     Sincerely,



 

                                                                     Robert S. Schindler Sr.
                                                                     (father of disabled, but not terminal: Terri Schiavo)

 

cc: Mary Labyak - President
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
300 East Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33770

Dr. Victor Gambone
Clearwater, FL

http://www.hospicepatients.org/hosp-conspires-to-kill-terri---father-s-plea-for-treatment-3-18-03-ltr.html

 
Two Courts Deny Another Last-Minute Motion to Save Terri Schiavo

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 17, 2003


Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Two courts on Friday denied another last-minute effort by Terri Schiavo's parents to save her. Bob and Mary Schindler filed a motion that would have required reinserting Terri's feeding tube and mandated that Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) intervene on Terri's behalf.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Sjostrom rejected the writ of mandamus almost immediately after it was filed in Tallahassee saying it should have been filed in Pinellas County where Terri is living.

The Schindlers appealed to the 1st District Court of Appeal, which, without comment, fefused to hear the case.

A spokesman for the family said the Schindlers' attorneys filed the motion in order to help Governor Bush obtain legal standing in the case.

Bush has said that, while he supports Terri and her parents, he has no legal grounds on which to overturn in the court decisions that ultimately allowed Michael Schiavo to remove the gastric tube that was providing Terri with food and water.

Terri's feeding tube was removed on Wednesday afternoon and experts say she could die of dehydration as soon as mid-day Saturday.

Pat Anderson, the Schindlers longtime attorney, said she wasn't surprised the judge rejected the write so quickly.

"There has been an awful lot of judicial attention to this case," Anderson told the Associated Press. "Judges don't like to second-guess each other."

Some 19 judges and 6 courts have been involved in the decade-long lawsuit.

The Schindlers are still hoping Bush will launch an investigation into Michael Schiavo.

One year after Terri's collapse, a bone scan revealed that she had compression fractures and apparent traumatic injuries.

Michael wants Terri's body cremated following her death. Attorneys with the Thomas More Legal Center, a pro-life law firm, are worried that doing so would destroy any evidence investigators could use to ascertain whether Terri was a victim of domestic abuse. SEE BONE SCAN http://www.apfn.org/apfn/bone.pdf

The evidence, along with the lack of medical care given to Terri during two recent hospitalizations, gives Bush "probable cause" to investigate, the attorneys say.

The attorneys say Michael has conflicts of interest because he is living with another woman while still legally married to Terri. He and his girlfriend have one child already and are expecting another. They also say Michael has violated a promise to a jury that $700,000 of a $1.5 million medical malpractice judgment awarded to him would be used to pay for rehabilitative and medical care for Terri.

After Michael received the award, he placed a "do not recesitate" order on Terri.

Michael adamantly denies having abused or mistreated his wife.

Related web sites:
Bob and Mary Schindler - http://www.terrisfight.org

http://www.prolife.org/bio92.html


Thou Shall Not Kill - Exodus 20:13
Sat Oct 18 17:07:57 2003
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10 Commandments: Exodus 20:13
Thou Shall Not Kill

The sixth of the ten commandments reads, “Thou shall not kill.” The New International Version translates it, “Thou shall not murder.” This is more accurate because the Hebrew word so translated does not refer to killing in general but to malicious and unlawful killing.

Neither accidental killing (Numbers 35:22-25) nor justifiable homicide (Ex. 22:2) are a breaking of the sixth commandment. Neither killing in war nor capital punishment are necessarily forbidden in this commandment since God required both in certain cases (Ex.21:12). So the preferred translation is, “You shall not murder.”

Why is it wrong to murder? We kill cows, we swat flies, we put pets to sleep. Why is it wrong to do any of these things to humans? God’s answer is that only humans are made in the image of God. This is why we are not to kill people like we might decide to kill an animal. Humans have special dignity and worth and human life is to be treated as of special worth since we are made in the image of God.

When we disregard what God says to us about the special value of human life, we begin to diminish the value of human life and we remove the only inherent hedge against murder. What has happened in our own culture after we removed God and prayer from the public schools a generation ago? Now we can’t stop the killing - IN THE SCHOOLS! As our belief in God has declined, murder has become epidemic.

The human slaughter that occurred in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia illustrates what happens when a society disregards God’s word about the inherent value of humanity. Remove the foundation for the preservation of human life and you remove the restraint against murder. As Dostoevsky put it, “If there is no God, all things are permitted.” Or in the words of T. S. Eliot, “If you would not have God, then you should pay your respects to Hitler and Stalin.”

Perhaps you are thinking, “What has this got to do with me? I haven’t murdered anyone and never will.” I am afraid this commandment is a little more relevant than you might think.

Jesus says there is a very real connection between unjust anger and murder (Mtt. 5:21-22). John says hatred is tantamount to murder (1 Jn. 3:11-18) because hatred is what leads to murder and is caused by the same deficiency that leads to murder - a failure to value human life and treat people with the special dignity of creatures made in the image of God.

And what about the issue of abortion? People cringe when someone brings it up, and preachers are afraid to mention it, but is abortion murder? If it is murder to kill a baby ten seconds after it has exited the birth canal, why is it not murder to kill a baby while it is half way out of the birth canal as is done in the case of partial birth abortion? Is the baby partially born not human yet? These are the unpleasant questions we ought to be asking in regard to the sixth commandment - “Thou shall not murder.”

The basic principle behind this commandment is that we are to value human life and treat every person with the dignity befitting someone made in the image of God. When we fail to listen to God on this point, there are consequences - more death, more killing, more inhumanity to man. When we listen to him, things are better for everyone.

For the church of Christ in Cherryvale, this is Stan Bryan showing more of the benefits and blessings that come to us when we listen to and honor God.

http://www.christianhomesite.com/cherryvale/text/10command6.html


People you can call to save Terri Schiavo
Fri Oct 17 19:24:16 2003
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Subject: [patriots] People you can call to save Terri Schiavo
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 14:15:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott Darby darby700@yahoo.com
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Phone State Attorney Bernie McCabe
In Clearwater on 727-464-6221

Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist

Office of Attorney General

State of Florida - The Capitol

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

850-414-3990

850-487-2564 Fax

ag@oag.state.fl.us

Governor Jeb Bush

Florida Capitol Building, PL-05

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

850-488-4441

850-922-4292 Fax

fl_governor@eog.state.fl.us

Attorney General John Ashcroft

US Dept. of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washing, DC 20530-0001

202-353-1555

askDOJ@usdoj.gov

Hon David A. Demers

(Oversees all judges in the 6th

district).

545 1st Avenue North - Room 400

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

727-582-7882

727-582-7210 Fax

The Tampa Tribune

Letters to the Editor

PO Box 191

Tampa, FL 33601-4405

tribletters@tampatrib.com

The St. Pete Times

Letters to the Editor

PO Box 1121

St Petersburg, FL 33731

letters@sptimes.com

Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation

HTTP://www.terrisfight.org

4615 Gulf Blvd #104-103, St Petersburg Beach, FL 33706
 


 

 

Terri Schiavo's Story

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Jeb Bush steps in for Schindler-Schiavo
Supports woman whose court-ordered starvation begins in 8 days

Posted: October 7, 2003
11:00 a.m. Eastern

 

By Sarah Foster
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Inspired in part by the e-mails and letters from thousands of Floridians, Gov. Jeb Bush has entered the legal arena on behalf of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the 39-year-old brain-disabled woman whose court-ordered death by starvation is scheduled to begin in eight days.

 


Gov. Jeb Bush

In papers delivered yesterday afternoon to the Federal Courthouse in Tampa, assistant counsel Christa Calamas, on behalf of Gov. Bush, asked U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara for permission for the governor to appear as a friend of the court and to file an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief supporting the preliminary injunction filed by Terri's parents.

On Sept. 22, Robert and Mary Schindler of Gulf Port, Fla., sued their son-in-law Michael Schiavo, who also is Terri's legal guardian, in federal court to block the Oct. 15 removal of the feeding tube that is keeping their daughter alive. They asked Lazarra to postpone removal of the tube until Terri is given therapy and training that would enable her to be spoon fed.

Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, the well-known "right-to-die" advocate, filed a motion yesterday asking Lazzara to dismiss the Schindlers' lawsuit or rule against them, describing their action as "yet another attempt to find another forum to relitigate what has been litigated many times before."

He also has indicated he opposes Gov. Bush appearing as a friend of the court.

Attorney Patricia Anderson, who represents the Schindlers in the courtroom tug-of-war with their son-in-law, declined to comment on the case.

Calamas requested Bush be allowed to submit written argument and information to the court "on the issue of the critical distinction between removing artificial life support and the deliberate killing of a human by starvation and dehydration, and whether the latter constitutes the deprivation of [Terri's] life without due process of law."

"Among the issues presented in this case, Calamas declared, "is whether the removal of artificial life support without concurrent therapy to allow Theresa ("Terri") Schiavo to eat naturally is a violation of the patient's constitutional right to life."

Calamas said the outcome of the case "will determine whether a citizen of the state of Florida lives or dies. In light of the seriousness of this matter, and the inability to remedy an improper outcome, the governor has a strong interest in ensuring that Terri Schiavo's fundamental right to life is not deprived without due process of law, and that it is properly balanced with her right to privacy and liberty."

In a 12-page Amicus memorandum, Bush cited several Florida statutes in support of allowing Terri to be weaned from her feeding tube so she can receive nourishment orally. He also gave three reasons for his involvement in the case. He said he has a constitutional duty to see that the laws are executed faithfully and a sworn duty to uphold the constitution of the state of Florida.

In addition, the governor said, he "feels compelled to give voice to the thousands of Floridians who have communicated to him their concern over this case."

Major euthanasia battle

As WorldNetDaily reported, the Schindlers have been fighting with their son-in-law for 10 years over the lack of care and therapy he has provided for their daughter, who suffered massive brain damage when she collapsed at her home 13 years ago under mysterious circumstances at the age of 26.

 


Terri Schindler-Schiavo before her disability.

The contentious family dispute escalated into a major euthanasia battle in 1998 when Schiavo petitioned the Florida courts for permission to end his wife's life by disconnecting her feeding tube, insisting she is in a "persistent vegetative state" and that in casual conversations she had told him she would not want to be kept alive "artificially." Although Terri breathes on her own and maintains her own blood pressure, she requires a simple tube in her stomach for nourishment and hydration.

Terri's parents and siblings have claimed for years she recognizes them and tries to talk, and over a dozen prominent doctors and therapists have stated under oath she is not vegetative and with therapy could be rehabilitated. Nevertheless, a handful of doctors have testified she is in a "persistent vegetative state." They claim her expressions and vocalizations are simply reflex actions, and she will never regain consciousness. Despite a scarcity of expert testimony and evidence for Schiavo's position, Greer and Florida's appellate courts consistently have sided with him and his attorney, Felos.

When the seven-member Florida Supreme Court washed its hands of the matter in August by turning down an appeal by the Schindlers to review the case, the way was clear for Schiavo to starve his wife to death.

On Sept. 17, probate Judge George Greer, of the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, scheduled Oct. 15 as the day Terri's feeding tube would be removed.

At the same time, but in separate rulings, Greer – who has been in charge of the case from almost the beginning – denied any rehabilitation whatsoever for the disabled woman. An Aug. 26 request by the Schindlers asking that their daughter be allowed an eight-week trial of speech, occupational and physical therapy, was summarily rejected along with a motion made Sept. 10 that she be taught to swallow food so she could be spoon fed.

 


Michael Schiavo (Photo: WFLA-TV)

With the state courts closed against them, the Schindlers sued their son-in-law in federal court to block the scheduled Oct. 15 removal of their daughter's feeding tube. In their Sept. 22 request for a preliminary injunction, they asked Judge Lazzara that Terri be given therapy for a sufficient time to wean her off her feeding tube and return her to nutrition by mouth.

The following day, Lazzara set a date of Oct. 10 to hear arguments by the Schindlers and their attorney Patricia Anderson regarding alleged violations of Terri's civil rights. Anderson will be joined by Christopher Ferrara of the Catholic Lawyers Association.

At this point, the governor stepped in. It isn't the first time Bush has expressed an interest in the case.

'An unbiased view'

In an Aug. 26 letter to Greer, Bush asked the judge to delay setting a date for removal of Terri's feeding tube and to appoint a special guardian who would "independently investigate the circumstances of this case and provide the court with an unbiased view that considers the best interests of Mrs. Schiavo."

Greer chose to ignore the letter.

"I read the letter because it came from the governor and I respect his position," he told the Tampa Tribune. "Beyond that, it is going in the file."

At a news conference that same day, Schiavo – who insists he only is doing what Terri would want him to do – said he wished the governor would stay out and keep his thoughts to himself.

"This is not about Jeb Bush, it's not about the Schindlers, and it's not about me," he complained, according to WFLA-TV in Tampa. "It's about Terri, and it always has been about Terri."

But the governor didn't see it that way, and in his memorandum he strongly disputed the notion denial of therapy would be Terri's desire.

Bush said he "takes issue with the apparent assumptions by the state courts that Terri's wish to be without such artificial means of support is the same as a wish to die, and that withdrawing her feeding tube is the same as allowing her to die."

"Rather, there are two separate and distinct actions here," the governor said, "only one of which has been shown by clear and convincing evidence to be Terri's wishes. The first is the withdrawal of the feeding tube, which does not necessarily result in death and dehydration. The second is the withholding of natural oral feeding, which would proximately cause her death."

Bush said the first action, withdrawing her feeding tube, "protects her fundamental libery and privacy interests by enforcing her wishes as to her medical treatments, as found by [Greer's guardianship court] to be proven." But the second action, to withhold food completely, "would terminate her fundamental right to life under the Florida and federal Constitutions, without any evidence – let alone clear and convincing evidence – that she favors oral starvation and [de]hydration."

Therefore, he said, "Terri's right to life is violated by the state when the state, acting as her guardian, assumes that her wish to live without artificial sustenance is the same as a wish not to be fed at all."

Bush made it clear in a footnote he was talking specifically about the trial court under Greer.

The governor stressed that in Florida law even incapacitated people such as Terri retain specific rights that may not be denied or ignored either by the court or guardian. These are set forth in Florida Statutes Section 744.3215. One is a retained right to receive necessary services and rehabilitation.

"While many rights may be delegated to a guardian , the right to receive necessary services and rehabilitation may not," says Bush.

Bush said the first action, withdrawing her feeding tube, "protects her fundamental libery and privacy interests by enforcing her wishes as to her medical treatments, as found by [Greer's guardianship court] to be proven." But the second action, to withhold food completely, "would terminate her fundamental right to life under the Florida and federal Constitutions, without any evidence -- let alone clear and convincing evidence -- that she favors oral starvation and [de]hydration."

 


Probate Judge George Greer (Photo: Bay News 9)

"The guardianship court recently prohibited the provision of such therapy requested by Terri's parents," Bush wrote, recalling Greer's Sept. 17 ruling. "Such prohibition is impermissible in the context of the Section 765.401 [of the Florida Code] action to terminate life-prolonging procedures and is an impermissible deprivation of Terri's rights under Florida's guardianship law and her right to life under the Florida and federal constitutions."

Nor does the court alone bear the blame, he stated, as the guardian has a responsibility to protect the ward.

"If the guardian [Michael Schiavo] and the courts refuse to entertain such an option [rehabilitation], they are arbitrarily and capriciously depriving Terri of her constitutional right to life," Bush declared.

Contacted for comment, a spokesperson in the governor's press office said no statements had been issued regarding Bush's action and none were contemplated.

"The amicus memorandum is public and we're letting it speak to the issues," she said.

Legal documents and information on Terri is posted on the family's website.

Previous stories

Florida AG intervenes in Schiavo lawsuit

12 days left for Schindler-Schiavo

Order signed for starvation of disabled woman

Disabled woman wins reprieve

Another 9-11 date with death

Federal judge considers Schiavo case

Federal Court grants emergency hearing in Schiavo case

Attorney: Jeb Bush letter only a 'good first step'

Gov. Bush's plea for Schindler-Schiavo rejected

Jeb Bush intervenes for Schindler-Schiavo

Legal setbacks clear way for Schiavo starvation

Schindler-Schiavo on 'death row'

Husband bars priest from brain-damaged wife

Brain-damaged woman hospitalized

Fight for life bombshell: Terri trying to talk

Petition drive launched for Terri Schiavo

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34974


 

Concerning Michael - Starve My Wife To Death Countdown Clock
Sat Oct 18 20:13:15 2003
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How Many Calls Does it Take to Get Governor Jeb Bush to get involved?
The Glenn Beck Program has contacted the office of Florida Governor Jeb Bush 12 times in an effort to get him involved with this case, however to this point we have yet to receive a response. So for every time we call Jeb, from now until August 31st, we'll give him a new butterfly ballot to symbolize the additional calls he's received while maintaining his silence on this life or death issue

concerning Michael:::

798.01. Living in open adultery

Whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Where either of the parties living in an open state of adultery is married, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty of the offense provided for in this section.

http://www.sodomy.org/laws/florida/cohabitation.html


Searched the web for "Michael Schiavo".


The Michael Schiavo Starve My Wife To Death Countdown Clock
... But wait, there's more.... The Michael Schiavo Piggy Bank So you're asking, what
is the Michael Schiavo Piggy Bank and what does it have to do with anything? ...

http://www.glennbeck.com/news/08122003-1.shtml


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webfairy@thewebfairy.com  wrote:

It would be interesting to discover where Michael Schivaro's pull comes from.

She arrived at the hospital with multiple fractures, and it all goes down as a "heart
attack" or something natural. Not just anybody can try to strangle their wife, and get
it called natural causes.

Was it that Terri knew too much?
What is her husband involved in?
What is his cover-life?
He must be really important in the secret society of winkers and nodders who look the
other way on command.

On who's command was Michael Schivaro given License to Kill?


> APFN wrote:
>
>* Thou Shall Not Kill - Exodus 20:13 — MCAC, Sat Oct 18 17:07
>
> Steven Ertelt
 IS TERRY DEAD YET? - Terri Schiavo wants to live
> Sat Oct 18 19:04:01 2003
> http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=45489;title=APFN
>
JUSTICE IN AMERICA DEHUMANIZING THE DISABLED
Editorial - Bob Schindler

http://www.glennbeck.com/news/07282003.shtml

STG. RUSSO - POLICE DEPT. SAYS IT'S A COURT THING AND HANGS UP
ON YOU.... CALL: 727-541-0759 CHECK IT OUT!

I CALLED TWICE!
SEE FOR YOURSELF!
 

Terri Schiavo's life, case enter final chapter
http://www.sptimes.com/News/041901/TampaBay/Terri_Schiavo_s_life_.shtml

The Hearing to Save Terri Schiavo's Life
http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/1102/1102ft1.html 

Court to Decide Coma Victim's Fate
http://www.worldrtd.org/floridacourt.html

JUSTICE IN AMERICA - DEHUMANIZING THE DISABLED
http://www.glennbeck.com/news/07282003.shtml

Terri

Terri was 26 years old when she suffered brain damage from a sudden collapse.  Terri receives her food and water by means of a feeding tube. Terri’s other bodily functions are physically stable. Terri smiles, laughs and cries. Terri recognizes voices and responds. At times, she vocalizes sounds, trying in her best way to speak. Terri is not a brain dead vegetable as characterized by her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo nor a houseplant as implied by his attorney.  Terri is not on a respirator or any artificial life support. She is a living human being and needs to be granted an opportunity to recover. Terri has not had any progressive rehabilitation or arousal therapy in more than ten years.

In a trial initiated by Michael Schiavo, Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer, issued a verdict delivered on February 11, 2000. Judge Greer granted authorization to discontinue Terri’s feeding tube. Judge Greer’s verdict will cause Terri to die in 10 to 14 days. Terri’s death will be by painful starvation.
http://www.terrisfight.org/situation.htm


Terri Schiavo Video
(Video Requires Real Player - Get it Here)
This is a video clip of the video showing Terri tracking a balloon at the command of an examining doctor. This is one of many clips presented to the court as evidence that Terri is not "Brain Dead" as she is being depicted by Schiavo's attorney, George Felos. He refers to Terri in court as a "House Plant." As you can readily see, Terri is obeying commands, which should make her legally ineligible to have her feeding removed. Never the less, the court ordered her to die.

Terri Schiavo Overview and Update

Terri Schiavo was sentenced to death as a result of her husband petitioning the court to end her life. After a January 2000 bench trial, Judge George Greer (Florida 6th District Circuit Court) issued an order to withdraw Terri’s feeding, thereby causing Terri to die of starvation.

In April 2001, after all appeals failed, Terri’s food and water was withheld for 60 hours. Miraculously, new evidence convinced a different Judge to restore Terri’s feeding, which led to an August 2001 Judge Greer court hearing. Once again Judge Greer issued a new death sentence. That sentence was successfully appealed, which led to an October 2002 bench trial in Judge Greer’s courtroom.

In November 2002, Judge Greer once again issued an order to remove Terri’s food and water. An appeal with the 2nd Distrct Appellate Court failed. Judge Greer was instructed to begin the process of Terri’s execution on July 25, 2003. But, on that final day, the Appellate Court issued a 30 day “stay” of execution.

With a “stay” in place, Judge Greer’s latest death order will be appealed with the Florida Supreme Court. Outraged that the court has ignored pertinent favorable evidence in Terri’s case, her family is requesting Florida Governor Jeb Bush to conduct an investigation into the court’s inappropriate behavior.

http://www.glennbeck.com/news/07282003.shtml


JUSTICE IN AMERICA DEHUMANIZING THE DISABLED
Editorial - Bob Schindler
http://www.glennbeck.com/news/07282003.shtml

Did you know in our country, the law can be manipulated to allow a husband or a wife to legally murder their spouse? It can easily be accomplished –IF- their spouse is disabled and –If- they are recognized by the court as the spouse’s legal guardian.

It’s not that difficult. Oversimplified, (using the husband as an example) sometime during the day he can go to court, get the court’s stamp of approval, then go home, have dinner with his girlfriend and plan how to use the money he will inherit when his wife dies. The only chance the wife has to survive, is for someone outside this intimate death circle to object. But, that is not a guaranteed formula for success.

In some primitive cultures, it’s acceptable for husbands to abuse or kill their wives. In our culture, we consider that conduct barbaric. However, throughout the United States, it is permissible for a husband of a disabled wife to decide to end her life by deliberately depriving her of food and water, causing his wife to die of starvation.

Closer to home, it is happening to a member of our family,. In Florida where Michael Schiavo, husband of Terri Schiavo and “partner” of another women (who is the mother of his child), has – with the help of his paid selected medical “experts” – persuaded a court that his wife would be better off dead. And, unbelievably, this is all very legal. A Florida Judge sentenced Terri to die of starvation.

How Could This Happen?

Over the years, a slow, relentless movement has been covertly programming society to dehumanize people with disabilities. History teaches us that entire groups of people have been victimized, most frequently based on ethnicity or race. And it also teaches us that, before they become victims, members of the targeted class are portrayed as subhuman. That is what is taking place now. People with severe disabilities are just the newest class of people deemed to be subhuman. We pay great lip service in this country to disability rights, but as the degree of a person’s disability increases, the level of legal protection that person receives –decreases-.

"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist - so I said nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat - so I did nothing. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew - so I did little. Then when they came for me, there was no one left who could stand up for me." Martin Niemoeller survived 7 years in Nazi concentration camps.

Isn’t There Justice In The Legal System?

When Terri’s husband petitioned to end Terri’s life, the court set the stage for the “battle of the medical experts.” These are experts whose opinions about Terri’s abilities would influence the court to determine whether she lives or dies.

But who are these experts that play such a vital role in determining an individual’s fate? Generally, these experts are –paid- professionals, who will slant their opinions according to their employer’s wishes. Theoretically, they could testify on an issue one day and their testimony on the same issue could be 180 degrees apart the next day, depending on their clients instructions. Incredibly, the courts justify their determinations predicated on the testimony of these -for hire- professionals.

In Terri’s trial, a high profile neurologist was one of those so–called experts selected by Michael Schiavo to testify on his behalf to have Terri die. This neurologist travels the country and is routinely the imported star expert witness in virtually all high profile cases surrounding the removal of food and fluids. He has a track record of consistency when it comes to dehumanizing severely disabled people and advocating that they be denied food and fluids, no matter how provided.

Under oath, his statements over the years are a study in bigotry. For example:

* In the Cruzan case (Missouri), he testified that, even if a severely brain-damaged individual can take food by mouth, spoon-feeding is denied because to spoon-feed the person “would be totally inconsistent” with what is wanted (i.e. the disabled person’s death).
* In the Martin case (Michigan), he denigrated Michael Martin’s ability to participate in simple card games or to select colors and numbers. He even said the man’s smiles were meaningless.
* In the Wendland case (California), he claimed that Robert Wendland’s abilities – to operate his own wheelchair, draw circles, turn pages and write the first letter of his name – did not indicate mental awareness, but were bizarre, not unlike the activities of a trained dog.
* In Terri’s case (Florida), in what he admitted was an incomplete exam, he asked Terri to follow a balloon with her eyes as he moved it about the room. When she complied, moving her head from side to side to keep the balloon in her line of sight, he exclaimed, “There we go! That’s good! That’s good!” Nonetheless, he later testified that she wasn’t really seeing it, she only looked like she was looking, and she was totally lacking in mental awareness.

In both the Martin and Wendland cases, the courts wisely found that the vulnerable spouses should not be starved and dehydrated to death.

But, even though 10 physicians are on record with the court saying that Terri was aware and her condition could improve with therapy, the Florida court wasn’t interested. They embraced the claims that Terri has no mental awareness. Yet the trial Judge (and appeal Judges) saw videos showing Terri closely watching her family’s movement, verbalizing in response to questions, responding to simple commands, and laughing when listening to her favorite music.

In reality, Terri condition is far from the legal guidelines permitting starvation deaths. The truth is Terri was sentenced to death for the “crime” of being disabled and dependent. You see, Terri fits into the category of people mentioned for whom protections are extremely limited. Our society is now conditioned to evaluate people based on their “quality of life.” This philosophy says people who are different, as are many in the disabled community, are unacceptable and unworthy of living.

Please Consider This

* If that person happened to be a convicted murderer on death row, the courts in our country would never authorize starvation as a method of carrying out the court ordered death sentence. Starvation in unacceptable in that it is too cruel.
* Starvation death of an animal is also unacceptable to our society. If a man were to cause his pet dog or cat’s death by withholding food and water from it, he would be prosecuted for abuse. Yet, if that same animal abuser wanted to starve his wife to death, most likely the courts would approve.

Where Is The Conscience of Our Judges?

Starving a human being to death is cruel and insane. If any person – whether that person is a healthy or a severely disabled individual – is denied food and any fluids, that person will die an intensely painful death within 5 to 21 days.

I am confident you will understand why I feel very strongly about this issue. The severely disabled woman, who is currently facing a court imposed starvation death sentence, is my daughter –Terri-

Bob Schindler
(Terri’s Dad)

What Has Happened To The Morality in Our Beloved Country?

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Terri Schiavo Video - REAL PLAYER
http://mfile.akamai.com/6713/rm/glennbeck.download.akamai.com/6713/preview/03/07/Clip3.rm

Visit the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Website for the latest updates on this situation
http://www.terrisfight.org/

Terri Schiavo Overview and Update

Terri Schiavo was sentenced to death as a result of her husband petitioning the court to end her life. After a January 2000 bench trial, Judge George Greer (Florida 6th District Circuit Court) issued an order to withdraw Terri’s feeding, thereby causing Terri to die of starvation.

In April 2001, after all appeals failed, Terri’s food and water was withheld for 60 hours. Miraculously, new evidence convinced a different Judge to restore Terri’s feeding, which led to an August 2001 Judge Greer court hearing. Once again Judge Greer issued a new death sentence. That sentence was successfully appealed, which led to an October 2002 bench trial in Judge Greer’s courtroom.

In November 2002, Judge Greer once again issued an order to remove Terri’s food and water. An appeal with the 2nd Distrct Appellate Court failed. Judge Greer was instructed to begin the process of Terri’s execution on July 25, 2003. But, on that final day, the Appellate Court issued a 30 day “stay” of execution.

With a “stay” in place, Judge Greer’s latest death order will be appealed with the Florida Supreme Court. Outraged that the court has ignored pertinent favorable evidence in Terri’s case, her family is requesting Florida Governor Jeb Bush to conduct an investigation into the court’s inappropriate behavior.


Mary
765.309 Mercy killing or euthanasia not authorized;
Sun Oct 19 00:29:21 2003
64.140.158.21


Searched the web for 765.309 Mercy killing or euthanasia not authorized;. Results 1 - 8


THIS IS BEING SENT TO THE RADIO TALK SHOW HOSTS. LET'S SEE WHAT
HAPPENS NOW FOLKS. HEADS TERRI
WINS OUT - TAILS SHE LOSES.

The 2003 Florida Statutes

765.309 Mercy killing or euthanasia not authorized; suicide distinguished.--

(1) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying.

(2) The withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures from a patient in accordance with any provision of this chapter does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide.

History.--s. 4, ch. 92-199.

Comment by Peter Kawaja: Starvation and/or Dehydration is NOT a natural process of dying.
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http://www.flacathconf.org/Legislativeissues/Positionpapers/Assistedsuicide00pp.htm

Life is the most basic gift of a loving God, "a sacred trust over which we can claim stewardship, but not absolute dominion. Therefore, the Church condemns all attacks on life at any of its stages, including murder, euthanasia, and willful suicide. It matters not whether death results from an affirmative act or a deliberate omission intended to cause death. These prohibitions against murder, euthanasia, suicide and assisted suicide are based on the inherent dignity and fundamental value of each human being, and thus cannot be rejected on the grounds of political pluralism or religious freedom." (Life, Death and Treatment of Dying Patients statement of Catholic Bishops of Florida, April 1989)

Our tradition, declaring a moral obligation to care for our own life and health and to seek such care from others, recognizes that we are not obligated to use all available medical procedures in every set of circumstances. To take another's life though, or to assist in killing another, are very different things on which Florida's laws are specific:

782.08 Florida Statute: Assisting Self-Murder. -- Every person deliberately assisting another in the commission of self-murder shall be guilty of manslaughter, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s.775.082, s. 775.083 or s.775.084.

765.309 Florida Statute: Mercy Killing of Euthanasia Not Authorized; Suicide Distinguished. -- (1) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act of omission to end the life other than to permit the natural process of dying. (2) The withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures from a patient in accordance with any provision of this chapter does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide.

458.326 Florida Statute: Intractable Pain; Authorized Treatment. -- (4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, and no treatment authorized by this section may be used for such purpose.

Florida's prohibitions against assisted suicide protects not only the terminally ill, but also the chronically ill, the severely handicapped, persons with disabilities and the elderly.

We urge policy makers to preserve Florida Statutes in opposition to assisted suicide and "so called" mercy killing and to address alternative solutions to the problems assisted suicide seeks to solve. Our best response will involve easing suffering, keeping company with dying patients, and affirming the dignity of their lives at every stage. Few dying patients express any suicidal wishes once they receive the kind of supportive care that can be found in modern hospices. Great advances have been made in pain management so that no one need be in serious pain while dying. The American Medical Association recognizes this and is attempting to educate more physicians on the latest advances in these treatments.

We express sympathy and have due respect for the fears experienced by dying patients -- fear of pain, loss of control and dignity, and being a burden to families -- but supportive care for the patient and family will help eliminate the suffering without eliminating the patient.

February 2000
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ACLU in the Courts
... also be construed to be prohibited by Section 765.309, which states ... shall be construed
to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to ...
http://archive.aclu.org/court/mciver.html

[snip]
1. This action challenges whether Fla. Stat. § 782.08, which makes it a crime for one to assist another in suicide, is unconstitutional as applied to prevent an adult, who is mentally competent, terminally ill, and acting under no undue influence, from hastening his own death by taking a lethal dose of drugs prescribed by his doctor; and whether the state medical regulatory authorities may discipline a physician for providing such assistance.

2. The plaintiffs seek a temporary injunction, a declaratory judgment and permanent injunctive relief pursuant to the United States Constitution; Article I, Section 23 of the Florida Constitution, the Privacy Amendment; 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Civil Rights Act of 1879; and Section 86.011 et seq., Florida Statutes.

3. The plaintiff Dr. Cecil McIver, M.D., is a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida and practicing in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida. Venue lies in Palm Beach County pursuant to Florida Statutes § 47.011. Dr. McIver seeks direct judicial protection from the defendants' unlawful invasion of his fundamental constitutional rights, and the constitutional rights he asserts on behalf of his patients.

4. Moreover, the Court should dispense with any home venue privilege, if one exists for any or all defendants, because fairness, justice, and convenience would be furthered in view of the circumstances presented and the interests of all parties.

5. The defendants' unlawful action is imminently threatened in Palm Beach County, where Dr. McIver's practice is located, within the jurisdiction of Barry Krischer, the State Attorney of the 15th Judicial Circuit.

6. The plaintiff C.B. ("Chuck") Castonguay is a resident of Edgewater, in Volusia County, Florida, within the jurisdiction of Steve Alexander, the State Attorney of the 7th Judicial Circuit.

7. The plaintiff Robert G. Cron is a resident of Oldsmar, in Pinellas County, Florida, within the jurisdiction of Bernie McCabe, the State Attorney of the 6th Judicial Circuit.

8. The plaintiff Charles E. Hall is a resident of Beverly Hills, in Citrus County, Florida, within the jurisdiction of Brad King, the State Attorney of the 5th Judicial Circuit.

9. The defendants, Barry Krischer, Brad King, Bernie McCabe and Steve Alexander (hereinafter the "State Attorneys"), act under color of state law when acting in their official capacities. Each is vested with the sole authority to determine whom to prosecute within his territorial jurisdiction under Florida Statutes Section 782.08, entitled "assisting self murder," which provides:

Every person deliberately assisting another in the commission of self-murder shall be guilty of manslaughter, a felony of the second degree ...

10. Dr. McIver is actually threatened with imminent prosecution by any one of the State Attorneys for a violation of Section 782.08 if he provides the treatment that his patients seek and that he, in the exercise of his best professional judgment, believes is appropriate. The declaratory and injunctive relief sought in this action therefore would affect his rights and the rights he asserts on behalf of his patients.

11. The defendants, Dr. Fuad S. Ashkar, M.D., Dr. James Cerda, M.D., Dr. Edward A. Dauer, M.D., Becky Cherney, Dr. Emilio Echevarría, M.D., Dr. Georges A. El-Bahri, M.D., Dr. Martin J. Fenwick, M.D., Dr. Mary Kathryn Garrett, M.D., Dr. John W. Glotfelty, M.D., Dr. Louis C. Murray, M.D., Dr. Margaret C.S. Skinner, M.D., Cecile M. Scoon, Esq., H. Fred Varn, Dr. Gary E. Winchester, M.D., and Dr. Abraham L. Woods, M.D. (collectively, the "Board"), are members of the Board of Medicine of the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration.

12. Each member of the Board is sued in his or her official capacity. The Board is created by Fla. Stat. § 458.301 et seq. and vested with the authority to grant, deny, revoke, and otherwise regulate a physician's license to practice medicine in Florida. The Board is additionally authorized to investigate physicians and impose a wide range of sanctions for misconduct.

13. The Board acts under color of state law in all these activities.

14. Dr. McIver is actually threatened with imminent disciplinary action by the Board if he provides the treatment that his patient seeks and that he, in the exercise of his best professional judgment, believes is appropriate. The declaratory and injunctive relief sought in this action therefore would affect his fundamental constitutional rights and the rights he asserts on behalf of his patients.

15. The State Attorneys and the Board are additionally authorized by Florida Statutes to take other actions prejudicial to Dr. McIver if he enables the plaintiffs Castonguay, Cron and Hall to terminate their own suffering, including, but not limited to:

(a) A conviction under the assisted suicide statute could lead to disciplinary action by the Board. See Fla. Stat. § 458.331(1)(c) (creating the disciplinary violation of "[b]eing convicted ... of ... a crime ... which directly relates to the practice of medicine").

(b) The assistance sought by the plaintiffs Castonguay, Cron and Hall could be construed to violate Fla. Stat. § 458.326(4) ("Nothing in this section shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, and no treatment authorized by this section may be used for such purpose."). In turn, such a violation could lead to Dr. McIver's prosecution for a crime pursuant to Fla. Stat. § 458.327(2)(a) (creating a second-degree misdemeanor for "[k]nowingly concealing information relating to violations of this chapter").

(c) The assistance Dr. McIver seeks to provide to the plaintiffs Castonguay, Cron and Hall could also be construed to be prohibited by Section 765.309, which states that nothing in the chapter on the lawful withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures "shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying."

Castonguay

16. Castonguay, a writer, suffers from cancer of the esophagus, which has spread into his chest. He is also a childhood polio victim. He is 65.

17. His cancer was diagnosed in April 1995. Informed that medical science could offer no curative measures, he declined therapy that he felt would only prolong his illness. He had previously, at age 53, survived a malignant melanoma.

18. Castonguay is under the care of Hospice and is provided with morphine to control the pain in his right side. His weight has fallen from 145 pounds to 112.

19. He moves with great difficulty because of general weakness from his cancer coupled with the lifelong weakness in his legs caused by his childhood polio. He has difficulty speaking and swallowing.

20. He recognizes that his condition is deteriorating and he wishes to control the terminal stages of his inevitable decline. His major concern is a progressive erosion in the quality of his life. Describing himself as a "planner," he wants to "keep one jump ahead" and control the circumstances of his death.

Cron

21. Cron, the retired owner of a Clearwater printing business, suffers from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest cavity. He is 72.

22. Cron took ill in September 1994, complaining of shortness of breath. He was experiencing fluid buildup on the pleural space surrounding the lungs. Upon diagnosis of his cancer, he underwent treatment which consisted of obliterating the pleural space, which prevented the possibility of further fluid buildup in his chest, and chemotherapy.

23. At the end of his treatment his physician informed him that no known therapy was likely to benefit him and that his condition was terminal. There is no reasonable doubt about his prognosis.

24. Cron's wife and family fully understand and support his decision. Indeed, his decision is motivated in part by a desire to minimize the emotional trauma his death will cause to them.
[snip]
http://archive.aclu.org/court/mciver.html
 


mrs_bberger
I called 727-541-0759 and asked to speak to Sgt Russo.
Sat Oct 18 23:51:43 2003
64.140.158.21

This afternoon I called 727-541-0759 and asked to speak to Sgt Russo.

The switchboard operator said he was out of the office and could she
take a message. I said, "Yes, I am calling to request that Terri
Sciavo be allowed to have the last rites." She said that she didn't
know where people were getting Sgt. Russo's name and that he had
nothing to do with that and that the police there weren't even their
men. (I'm sure she was lying.) She also said that the priest was not
on the list of approved visitors. I said, "Is there a court order
forbidding her to have communion?" She said that is a state matter
and I have other calls to answer. Then she hung up. I called back
and this time got a male dispatcher. As soon as he answered I
asked, "Who is in charge of guarding Terri Schiavo?" And he
replied, "Sqt Schoville." (or Schofield - not perfectly sure
which.) I asked how I could get to talk to him and he said, "You
can't." You will have to have Terri Schaevo's husband's
permission." I asked if there is a court order forbidding her to
have the last rites and he said he had other calls to answer and hung
up.

I don't know what anyone can make of this information, but maybe it
is helpful to someone who can figure out what to do. I am sure they
are all lying. They just want her dead no matter what. I cannot
understand this. At the senior center the other day while I was
attempting to tell the people I was eating with of the torture Terri
is being forced to undergo, I was looked at (by the smart
sophisticated old ones, but not all) as some kind of a nut and they
said, "If I was in that condition, I wouldn't WANT to live." And
they all congratulated themselves and each other that they had
made "living wills" where they wouldn't have to have extraordinary
medical measures and how you should never call 911 because they don't
have your living will and will hook you up.

I just cannot relate. I feel like such an anachronism. Even some of
the OLD people are into the death culture.

I think I will leave a living will saying I want them to all go broke
giving me therapy to restore my health. Lawyers have been pushing
this "living will" thing for a long time but who would have ever
thought that food and water would be considered extraordinary medical
care. I don't fear death, having avoided it narrowly on more than
one occasion. But to me, life is the highest value on earth and we
as human beings have an obligation to promote it.

I am grieving for the death not only of Terri, but of our wonderful
American society, champion of the underdog and blessed by God.
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* CONTACT JUDGE GREER!!! — DLC, Sat Oct 18 19:39

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CALL STG. RUSSO 727-541-0759 -- ARREST Michael Schiavo
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=45498;title=APFN


Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Michael Schiavo has a child with another woman
Sat Oct 18 22:21:44 2003
64.140.158.125

Michael Schiavo now has a child -- and a second one on the way --
with another woman but remains married to Terri and in control of
her medical fund and her fate.

798.01. Living in open adultery

Whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Where either of the parties living in an open state of adultery is married, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty of the offense provided for in this section.

http://www.sodomy.org/laws/florida/cohabitation.html

CALL STG. RUSSO 727-541-0759 -- ARREST Michael Schiavo

"(The Schindlers) are about to lose their daughter because no
one wants to put a teaspoon of Jello to her mouth. It's insane,"
said attorney Christopher Ferrara of the American Catholic Lawyers
Association at a hearing in Clearwater, Fla., before Circuit Court
Judge George Greer in September.
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20031017.htm

Searched the web for "Michael Schiavo". Results 1 - 10 of about 3,170

WASHINGTON LETTER Oct-17-2003 (940 words) Backgrounder and analysis. With photos posted Oct. 15 and 16. xxxn
Lessons learned from the impending death of a Florida woman

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The life and impending death of a Florida woman named Terri Schindler Schiavo offer a number of lessons for those who have watched her relatives fight about her fate since a court first ordered her feeding tube withdrawn more than three-and-a-half years ago.

For the cynical, the lesson might be to make sure you really know the person who might have to make the decisions about your life and death. For Terri Schiavo, who had no will or advance health care directives, that is her husband, Michael Schiavo, who won $1.3 million for her care but has had to be brought to court to authorize routine treatment of Terri's infections.

Michael Schiavo now has a child -- and a second one on the way -- with another woman but remains married to Terri and in control of her medical fund and her fate.

Despite the best efforts of Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, the 39-year-old woman's feeding tube -- through which she has received food and water for the past 13 years -- was removed Oct. 15; she was expected to die within two weeks.

For those with a serious illness or severe disability, the lesson offered by the Schiavo case might be a chilling one -- you'd better be sure you can prove you want to live (and are worthy of it) if times get tough or your health care expenses mount too high.

"(The Schindlers) are about to lose their daughter because no one wants to put a teaspoon of Jello to her mouth. It's insane," said attorney Christopher Ferrara of the American Catholic Lawyers Association at a hearing in Clearwater, Fla., before Circuit Court Judge George Greer in September.

For students of modern health care practices designed to extend life, the lesson might be how far things have come since the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan won their court battle in 1976 to remove their daughter from a respirator after she went into a "persistent vegetative state."

The withdrawal of food and water was never proposed in the case of Quinlan, who began breathing on her own when the respirator was removed and died nearly 10 years later in a New Jersey nursing home.

"Tragically, denial of basic sustenance to people with disabilities is neither unusual nor new in our country," the National Right to Life Committee said in an Oct. 15 statement. "For about two decades, the law in virtually every state has decreed that 'surrogates' may authorize denial of treatment to those who cannot speak for themselves. Consequently, vulnerable people with impaired consciousness have routinely been denied life-saving treatment, food and fluids until they die."

No medical consensus exists that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state.

"Over the last 13 years, Terri has laughed with us, cried with us, talked with us, and even tried to get out of her chair," said her parents in an Oct. 13 statement. "The accusations that Terri is in a coma or is a 'vegetable' are a lie."

Perhaps the most disheartening lesson in the tragic case of Terri Schiavo was how little influence Catholic ethical teachings have had on the decisions that are leading to her death.

Terri Schiavo and the Schindler family are Catholics, although Michael Schiavo has said Terri did not go to Mass on a regular basis during the five years of their marriage before she fell ill. Terri collapsed at their home in 1990 due to what doctors believe was a potassium imbalance, causing her brain to be deprived of oxygen for several minutes.

Msgr. Thaddeus Malanowski, a retired brigadier general and retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., is a Schindler family friend and frequent visitor to Terri Schiavo's bedside. Shortly after the feeding tube was removed, he gave her the anointing of the sick and touched a relic of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Schiavo's forehead, cheek and throat.

"This hurts," he said. "She is like an adopted sister to me."

The Florida Catholic bishops have urged that artificial nutrition and hydration be continued until "a more clear understanding of her actual physical condition" could be reached.

They cited church teaching that "there should be a presumption in favor of providing medically assisted nutrition and hydration to all patients as long as it is of sufficient benefit to outweigh the burdens involved to the patient."

But a priest testified at a 1990 trial that the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube "would be consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church" if she had, in fact, expressed a view that she would not want to be kept alive artificially.

No consensus exists on that question, either. Michael Schiavo says Terri expressed that view when she was in her early 20s but no one else heard it.

"What makes this case very sad is that there seems to be irreconcilable disagreement between Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, who wish her care to continue, and her husband and the courts, who seek what we consider a too-hasty end to this unfortunate woman's life," said Archbishop John F. Donoghue of Atlanta in a recent statement.

He called on Catholics to take steps to "prevent this same kind of tragic impasse from occurring within our families and our communities." These steps could include discussions with family members and physicians and execution of an advance directive or "living will" that makes "our wishes clear, should our competence be impaired," he said.

And that might be the most important lesson of all.

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Attn Judge Greer - The world is watching.....
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=45497;title=APFN

Did you know in our country, the law can be manipulated to allow a husband or
a wife to legally murder their spouse? It can easily be accomplished –IF- their
spouse is disabled and –If- they are recognized by the court as the spouse’s
legal guardian.
http://www.glennbeck.com/news/07282003.shtml

Thou Shall Not Kill - Exodus 20:13
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=45487;title=APFN

TERRORISM-Death by Starvation

But it is also true that Frank was a willing and knowing participant in the use of terrorism in Poland; in the economic exploitation of Poland in a way which led to the death by starvation of a large number of people; in the deportation to Germany as slave laborers of over a million Poles; and in a programme involving the murder of at least three million Jews.
http://www.law.duke.edu/journals/djcil/articles/djcil7p461.htm

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Doctor Disputes Media Claims Terri Will Not Suffer Agonizing Death

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 16, 2003
http://www.lifenews.com/bio89.html

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- While Michael Schiavo and some media outlets claim Terri Schiavo will die in peace, doctors say Terri's starvation death will be agonizing and painful.

David Stevens, M.D., executive director of the Christian Medical Association, says Terri will suffer in part because she, despite media reports to the contrary, is not in a persistive vegetative state.

PVS patients are those who "are unaware of themselves, their environment and are unable to interact with others in any way," Stevens told LifeNews.com. "They can breathe and retain some brainstem reflexes but they are not able to sit up or do other things that Terri can do."

Stevens says that when feeding tubes are withdrawn patients should still receive food and water orally. That is not the case with Terri as Michael
Schiavo decided against it and Judge Greer affirmed his decision.

"Nutrition and fluids or a universal human biologic requirement and a fundamental demonstration of human caring," Stevens explained.

As far as Terri's starvation is concerned, some media outlets have reported that Terri "won't feel a thing" because she will be prescribed pain medications. In fact, Michael contends Terri has had no feeling since her 1991 heart attack.

Peggy
Guin, a nursing instructor at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, told the Tampa Tribune that her experience with patients removed from feeding tubes shows they feel no pain.

Kenneth Goodman, director of bioethics at the University of Miami School of Medicine, told the newspaper "she is not going to feel a thing."

"There is nothing unusual about terminating hydration and nutrition,'' Goodman said. "The reason why Florida law allows it, and the other 49 states allow it, is obviously that this can be done in a way that is pain-free and dignified. That is why it is legal.''

Stevens strongly disagrees.

"Without intervention Terri will not have a comfortable death," Stevens told
LifeNews.com.

Technically, Terri will die from dehydration, not starvation.

"Her progression will go from thirst to extreme thirst. [Terri] is likely to cry and moan till she is so dehydrated she won't have tears and her mouth is too dry and cracked to make sounds," says Stevens.

"If she gets any fluids in by mouth (if they are allowed) the process could take longer," Stevens tells
LifeNews.com.

Terri will likely suffer numerous symptoms over time, and they will get worse the longer it takes for her to die.

"She may have nose bleeds as the mucous dries out. She will probably experience nausea, vomiting and cramps as her intestines dehydrate. She will decrease her urine output, have dizziness, cramping in the arms and legs as her electrolytes get out of balance," Stevens explains.

Unless Terri's feeding tube is reinserted quickly or she is able to receive food and water orally, her situation may grow worse.

"She may have seizures and even further brain damage during the process," Stevens concludes.

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Judical Watch
GOV. BUSH HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO
Sat Oct 18 21:17:54 2003
64.140.158.125

GOV. BUSH HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO BY DEHYDRATION & STARVATION
http://www.judicialwatch.org/3517.shtml

Judge Ordering Terri Schiavo’s Death Violated Eighth Amendment (“Cruel and Unusual Punishment”) & Florida’s Abuse and Neglect Statutes

Gov. Bush Should Direct Florida’s Dept. of Children and Family Services to Intervene, Resume Nutrition & Investigate

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, stated today that Florida Governor Jeb Bush has the authority to prevent the death by starvation and dehydration of Ms. Terri Schiavo.

Unless rapid action is taken by Governor Bush, Ms. Schiavo will die of dehydration; a slow, grueling death taking approximately two weeks. This form of death entails less blood flow to major organs – the brain, kidneys, heart, lungs and skin. The kidneys stop functioning and the body cannot expel its waste. As Ms. Sciavo grows weaker, her breathing will become more difficult, taking in less oxygen and expelling less carbon dioxide. U.S. law forbids animals to die this way. The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations (9 C.F.R. ' 2.131) specifically prohibits the withholding of food and water from farm animals.

Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge George Greer’s ruling to remove Ms. Schiavo’s feeding tube is the most liberal applications to date of a person’s constitutional right to refuse medical treatment. Judge Greer did what judges in other landmark cases did not do – ordering the end of life in opposition to a majority of the patient’s family members.

“Ms. Schiavo is being subjected to a cruel and inhumane form of torture that violates her fundamental rights and human dignity, under both federal and Florida state law. Governor Bush must immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo, restore her nutrition and initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability. Terri Schiavo’s life is in Jeb Bush’s hands,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

To view a copy of the complaint filed with the Florida Department of Children and Families, click here.

To view a copy of the cover letter sent to Governor Jeb Bush along with the complaint, click here.
http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2003/jw2jebreschiavo.htm

October 17, 2003

BY FEDEX & FAX ( 850-487-0801 / 850-922-2993)

The Honorable Jeb Bush Mr. Jerry Regier

Governor Secretary

State of Florida Florida Department of Children and Families

400 S. Monroe St. 1317 Winewood Blvd.

The Capitol Building 1, Room 202

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

Re: Ms. Terri Schiavo

Dear Governor Bush and Secretary Regier:

Judicial Watch Inc. (“Judicial Watch”) was established in 1994 to serve as an ethical and legal watchdog over our government, legal, and judicial systems to promote a return to ethics and morality in our nation's public life. Judicial Watch operates in the public interest as a non-partisan, non-profit public interest group.

Attached is a copy of a “Fax Transmittal Form to Report Abuse / Abandonment / Neglect / Exploitation” that we filed concerning Ms. Schiavo with the Florida Department of Children and Families at 12:58 PM today on the department’s “Fax Hotline” (800-914-0004).

Based on our formal complaint via the faxed report referenced above, you have the authority and sufficient cause to immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo; to restore her nutrition; and to initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability. These actions are consistent with Ms. Schiavo’s protections under the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution (Art. 2, ' 5), as well as Fla. Stat. ' 825.102 and Fla. Stat. '' 782.04(2)(i), 77.04.

Your immediate attention to this important matter is appreciated.


Sincerely,

JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.

Thomas Fitton
President

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Lisa Ruby
Legalized Murder: Terri Schiavo and Death by Starvation
Sat Oct 18 21:04:22 2003
64.140.158.125

Legalized Murder: Terri Schiavo and Death by Starvation

Judge Greer Serves The Plan by "Finding" Terri Schivio Unconscious in
order to give the Death Order!

Author Wesley J. Smith reviewed the Schiavo case for NewsMax.com:

"In Florida, in order to dehydrate somebody there has to be a finding
that the patient is unconscious, which is what Judge Greer has done
in the Schiavo case.

"But if anybody has seen a video of Schiavo available on
Terrisfight.com [now Terrisfight.org], the video shows they will see
that she is no way unconscious. An unconscious person is utterly
unreactive – in fact that's how it's basically defined in Florida
law."

See: Legalized Murder: Terri Schiavo and Death by Starvation

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/9/22/165543.shtml

Lisa Ruby

http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/For_the_life_of_Terri_Schiavo.html

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Legalized Murder: Terri Schiavo and Death by Starvation
Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 Increasingly across America, the sick and elderly, some with terminal illnesses, are being murdered simply by withholding food and water.

When a new edition of his book "Forced Exit, The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder" was published, author Wesley J. Smith couldn’t have known that America was so far down that slope that Florida courts were ordering the killing, in a most barbaric way, of a disabled but conscious woman.

Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and an attorney and consultant for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, wrote the first version of the book six years ago.

He decided that an update was needed as a result of the increased pressure by advocates of assisted suicide and those backing euthanasia, which they call "mercy killing."

Smith notes that "health care" policies have gone well beyond euthanasia at the request of the sick person. Today doctors and families are taking the life-and-death decision into their own hands and purposely withholding food and water to kill the patient.

Often the intention might be good, such as to save the patient from a terminal disease and pain. But the result, Smith says, is the same: It is an act of murder. Even if the patient consents, euthanasia is a form of suicide.

Already, assisted suicide and euthanasia have been made legal or deemed acceptable in European countries, as well as Australia and South Africa.

The Doctor Decides

In America, he writes, there is now a movement promoting what is known as the "futile care" theory – when a doctor decides on his own that when a patient’s quality of life is not worth living, further medical care would be futile and could be denied.

"Today," Smith writes, "there is a systematic, nationwide attempt by many in the bioethics movement to impose futile care upon the populace through formal hospital protocols that give anonymous ethics committees the power to turn thumbs up or thumbs down to wanted medical treatment deemed ‘inappropriate.’"

Those protocols, he warns, are already designed to "stack the deck" against the patient if the doctor or hospital wants to refuse treatment.

Now a new threat has emerged, dramatized by the horrific case of Theresa Schiavo: the demand that patients deemed no longer worth saving be killed by the inhuman process of "dehydration" – refusing nourishment to conscious, cognitively disabled people who need feeding tubes to stay alive. In other words, condemning them to an excruciatingly painful death by starvation.

The practice has become commonplace in America, Smith told NewsMax.com.

"Dehydration of cognitively disabled patients occurs in all 50 states in the United States of America," Smith explained.

"Quite often it occurs to conscious people who could feel the 10- to 14-day agony that dehydration entails. The only way it gets stopped is if family members disagree on the medical course. Absent family disagreement, this happens as a matter of routine."

When Smith published the new edition of his book, the case of Theresa Schiavo, who collapsed from cardiac arrest in 1990, had only just been brought to his attention. Since then it has become a national cause celebre thanks to a court decree, temporarily stalled by an injunction, ordering that she be put to death by dehydration.

‘When Is That Bitch Gonna Die?’

The case of Terri Schiavo is a classic example of how far America has traveled down the road to legalized euthanasia and officially sanctioned death sentences for the disabled.

Smith reviewed the Schiavo case for NewsMax.com:

"In Florida, in order to dehydrate somebody there has to be a finding that the patient is unconscious, which is what Judge Greer has done in the Schiavo case.

"But if anybody has seen a video of Schiavo available on Terrisfight.com [now Terrisfight.org], the video shows they will see that she is no way unconscious. An unconscious person is utterly unreactive – in fact that’s how it’s basically defined in Florida law."

Swab -Real Media
During an examination, Terri shows CLEAR annoyance with being tickled with a cotton swab.

How's your cold -Real Media

Terri is seen lying quietly until her mother is in view. Terri's eyebrows pop up, she smiles broadly at her mother and she vocalizes when her mother asks her how she is feeling.

Balloon -Real Media
During an examination, Terri is asked to track a balloon with her eyes. She does and the Dr. SAYS "You see that, don't you!" During his testimony, however, he called Terri "totally unresponsive".


On one video a doctor is shown asking Terri, who has her eyes closed, "Please open your eyes, Terri" – and her eyes flutter and open.

Big Eyes -Real Media
During an examination, the doctor asks Terri to open her eyes wide. She opens her eyes, turns her head and raises her eyebrows in response.


In another video her mother comes over to her bed, leans down and says, "Hi, sweetie, how are you?" and Terri looks over, sees her mom and gets a huge smile on her face.

Terri and her Mother -Real Media

Terri is shown reacting to her mother's affection with a glowing smile.


That, says Smith, is not a mere reflex; "that is recognition of a mother and the enjoyment of being loved. To say that she’s unconscious is unconscionable."

Incredibly, the court has these facts, Smith said.

"And the court has other facts that it is also ignoring. Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, filed a medical malpractice suit regarding his wife’s injury that caused her to be cognitively disabled. He promised that he would provide her care for the rest of her natural life because she’s not on intensive care or anything of that sort. He brought to the jury a rehabilitation expert with a plan to help Terri get better, but as soon as the money was in the bank, which was $750,000 in a trust fund for Terri," he refused to allow any rehabilitative treatments whatsoever.

"He also got $300,000 more for loss of consortium, and the money went to lawyers," Smith explained.

"Not one day, not one hour, not one minute of rehabilitation time has Terri been given so she could get better. It’s unconscionable.

"This despite that there are doctors testifying under penalty of perjury, not only is Terri not unconscious, but that they believe she could be better. There’s a speech pathologist who has testified most recently under penalty of perjury that he believes that Terri can be weaned from the feeding tube."

Smith said, however, that "as soon as the money was in the bank, Michael put a 'do not resuscitate' order on the chart, realizing back in the early 1990s he would inherit $750,000 if Terri died, and began to refuse medical treatment such as antibiotics for infections and so forth. In 1998, when Terri didn't die he filed a request with Judge Greer to be allowed to remove her feeding tube, and that’s how this whole business started."

In a stunning sworn affidavit, Carla Sauer Iyer, a registered nurse who was employed at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo, Fla., from April 1995 to July 1996, while Terri Schiavo was a patient there, testified: "Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri's death. Michael would say 'When is she going to die?' 'Has she died yet?' and 'When is that bitch gonna die?'"

Others at Palm Garden also testified similarly in sworn affidavits. All swore that Terri had spoken to them frequently and backed Iyer's recollections.

Zeroing in on Michael Schiavo's possible motives, Smith emphasized that it was important to realize that Michael Schiavo is engaged to be married.

"He has had one baby by his fiancée, she is pregnant with a second child, they live together and want to get married, and the reason they can’t is that Michael's wife is still alive.

"It’s an astonishing statement of insensitivity that a judge would allow this man with incredible conflicts of interest both financial, if any money's left from that trust fund, and personal.

"It’s outrageous," he added, "to [allow him to] have anything to do with how his wife is treated, and yet Judge Greer just ignores these clear conflicts of interest, refuses to allow Terri’s blood family, who want to care for her for the rest of her life and want to give her the therapy that might make her better, to be her guardians, and instead is bound and determined and intent on dehydrating this helpless citizen to death."

Michael Schiavo has accused his in-laws, Bob and Mary Schindler, of trying to control his wife's assets, and "the Schindlers now suggest their son-in-law tried to strangle their daughter the night she collapsed and that's why he has fought so hard to keep her quiet," the Orlando Sentinel reported. Schiavo's attorney has denounced the accusations as "malicious" and "garbage."

In late August Gov. Jeb Bush asked a judge to delay setting a date for removal of the feeding tube so a guardian could be appointed.

The governor's intervention is "crazy," Michael Schiavo said. "This case has been in litigation for five years, and all of a sudden Gov. Bush wants to be involved? This isn't his concern, and he should stay out of it."

'An Extremely Agonizing Death'

In his book, Wesley J. Smith describes the intense suffering imposed on those being starved to death.

"Proponents of dehydration contend that deaths by dehydration are peaceful," Smith wrote.

Noting that "the patients we are discussing are not terminally ill" and that those who are conscious can feel hunger and thirst, Smith quotes Dr. William Burke, a neurologist in St. Louis, who described the agonizing process.

"A conscious person would feel it (dehydration) just as you and I would. They will go into seizures. Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the drying of the mucous membranes, and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. They feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imagine going one day without a glass of water. Death by dehydration takes ten to fourteen days. It is an extremely agonizing death."

The next step, Smith predicts, will be the abandonment of dehydration in favor a much simpler and faster way to kill – death by lethal injection, now popular in prison death chambers.

In his book Smith concludes by asking if we will "take the hard turn down the slippery slope towards a coarsening of our view of the afflicted, the dying, the chronically ill, the disabled, and those in pain or depression, to the point where we feel they have a duty to die and get out of the way?

"Will we choose to love each other, or abandon each other?"

In the case of Terri Schiavo, the authorities have chosen abandonment.


Cheryl Seal
Musings on American Morality...
Sun Oct 19 00:02:46 2003
152.163.253.33

Moral Musings Inspired by Terry Schiavo's Plight...

The heartbreaking case of Terry Schiavo is, to me, an example of the moral insanity of modern "civilized" people. No one seems to know where to draw the line or what the line even is. We are lost, and no one seems to know how it happened. But, I think it has been a gradual process, bit by bit, like beach erosion.

It starts with material affluence, I think....As a "mundane" example, what were once luxuries - more than one car, more than one house, lots of expensive clothes, multiple TVs and entertainment gadgets --have now become "necessities" because people have no sense of when enough is enough. Thanks to our excesses here in the USA, we, who account for just a few percent of the planet's human population, consume roughly one-fourth of all her resources. Somewhere along the line, we went from "use it up and wear it out" pioneers to "use it up and throw it out and buy two more."

The erosion has worked the same way for nonmaterial issues--like divorce: Divorce was made more accessible in the 1800s in the western world to help people who were trapped in miserable marriages, those with severe, unresolvable problems (like abused wives). It was never conceived of as a quick fix for boredom or annoyance with one's spouse. But now, here in 2003, divorce papers are filed just about as often as registrations for new cars.

Modern abortion procedures were developed as a safe way to offer an extreme solution to women who absolutely could not carry through a pregnancy for health or severe emotional reasons, for those who had been raped, incest victims, poor, desperate women in third world countries who cannot care for a child and who have no access to adoption services, etc. It was never dreamed by most folks that it would become a "routine" mode of birth control - or used after more than two months of pregnancy.

I myself do not believe routine "birth control" abortions or second and third term abortions should be a "right", any more than bombing other countries for anything but honest-to-God self defense should be a "right." But in this country, if we are given an inch, we seem to want to take ten miles. And then, what was meant to be a very limited, humane alternative to people caught between a rock and a hard place is somehow turned into a "right"....and from a "right" into a "routine."

Then, of course, there is euthanasia. The concept was put forward, as I understand it, as a way to humanely release people who 1. Had lost all consciousness and awareness (ie, were in a bona fide permanent coma where all their own life systems had failed and brain activity was zip) and who would be clinically dead without ever regaining consciousness within minutes of removing life support. 2. For conscious, aware, terminally ill patients in unbearable pain who could make the decision totally knowingly, taking all moral responsibility on themselves alone - an issue between them and God. It is no surprise that the envelope is being pushed now on this, too...as I figured it would be. Where the extremes could go is terrifying - especially under the current government.

When any of these ethical issues are pushed into extreme realms they never meant to go, the result is rage, conflict, and the further polarization of society - and moral and ethical issues left in the hands of the courts.

All of the issues - overconsumption of material goods, rampant divorce, abortion as "birth control" and abuse of euthanasia all seem to come down to greed and America's obsessive quest for instant gratification. People want their "stuff" but don't want to deal with the consequences. They want sex and a marriage companion, but don't want the responsibility that comes with these things. Terry Schiavo's husband wants to have a new family - but doesn't want to have the "inconvenience" of dealing with his helpless former wife. He is so intent on his need for personal gratification that her family's anguish doesn't even seem to show as a blip on his radar.

So will euthanasia nowcross the line from desperate last ditch alternative.. to a right... and finally to a routine?

I know one thing: this is not a right or left, liberal or conservative issue. Those "labels" and "identities" are now being used as a substitute for true morality - just as the courts are being used as a substitute for true morality. (If corporations, for example, would simply do the right thing, they wouldn't NEED an army of corporate lawyers on call at all time) Maybe if people started checking their consciences instead of their voter registration cards and bank accounts more often, we'd make some progress. They might discover what I have suspected all along: we all know right from wrong instinctively, though our interpretations of the details may be unique. And it has nothing to do with politics. Drawing lines too far to the right or left are only dragging us further from the ties of humanity and instinctive ethics that should bind us.

Is it any wonder that we are living under the government that we are living under, where "fighting terrorism" is translated into "dismantling Democracy"? No one even noticed the ethical line was being crossed until it was too late. Because no one knows where the lines are anymore.


Mary Jane Owen
Highlights Differences Between Two Neurologically Disabled
Sun Oct 19 00:18:32 2003
64.140.158.21

National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
415 Michigan Avenue, N.E. – Suite 240
Washington, DC 20017-4501


Executive Director: Mary Jane Owen, TOP, MSW
Nancy C Thompson, D.Min. Chairperson
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Episcopal Moderator
Michael J. Degnan, Ph.D., Treasurer -Grace M. Rinaldi, Secretary – Thomas J. Blee, Esq. – Most Rev. Thomas V. Daily, DD - Most Rev. Daniel N. DiNardo, STL – Most Rev. Michael P. Driscoll, MSW – Jerry D. Freewalt - Jackie Johnson, RN - Sr. Eleace King, IHM, EdD – Msgr. Louis A. Marucci, DMin - Thomas J. Marzen, JD – Palmira Perea-Hay, LISW, ACSW


Press Release

CONTACT: Mary Jane Owen
Tel: 202/529-2933
Fax: 202/529-4678
mjowen@ncpd.org

National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Highlights Differences Between Two Neurologically Disabled Individuals

Washington, DC – July 10, 2003: The National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities (NCPD) was gratified by the news that Terry Wallis’ awoke from a coma after 19 years. Executive director, Mary Jane Owen noted: "Whether one considers this a miracle or evidence that the body can heal itself over time, the fact is that our knowledge of what is possible for people with neurological disabilities is limited and the role of negative judgments of the value of a given life can result in devaluation of those of us who live with disabilities. Terry, a young man injured in a car accident, was fortunate to have a family who never gave up; that took him on visits even when he was unresponsive; who continued to celebrate holidays with him. The contrast between what happened to Mr. Wallis is in stark contrast to the other Terri – the unfortunate wife of Michael Schiavo. He has done everything possible to prevent her family from interacting with her and has insisted that her feeding tube be withdrawn. Death by starvation and dehydration has been the goal for Terri Schiavo."

In July, 1984, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident which killed the friend with whom he was traveling. In February, 1990, Terri Schiavo suffered cardiac arrest which cut off oxygen to her brain for several minutes. Both became neurologically disabled; Terry going into coma while Terri has continued to respond in limited ways according to her parents and siblings, who have faced repeated rejection by the court system in Florida to intervene to assure basic medical care or appropriate rehabilitation for Terri.

In November 1992, in a trial involving medical malpractice, her husband, Michael Schiavo, requested $20 million for Terri’s future medical needs. He assured the jury, which awarded $9,400,000.00 for Terri’s medical care and rehabilitation, that he would take care of Terri, "in a heartbeat. . . . She’s my life and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. I believe in my wedding vows." The malpractice jury also awarded Michael $640,000 for loss of consortium of his wife.

Less than a year later Mr. Schiavo initiated the first of a long series of threats to his wife’s well being. At his request hydration and nutrition were terminated for 48 hours and were continued only because of her family’s intervention. Such "treatment," if continued, would have resulted in Terri’s death. This in spite of video-tapes of her interactions and responses which would seem to indicate she is not in a persistent vegetative state. Currently the only accommodation she is receiving as a neurologically disabled individual is tube feeding.

A 1991 medical report about Terri’s condition was not released at the insistence of Mr. Schiavo. Only recently has the information contained in that transcript been available. The unnamed physician who reviewed that nuclear imaging bone scan found evidence of ‘multiple fractures.’ ‘Somebody worked her over real good.’

Janice Benton, a staff member of NCPD, illustrated how dissimilar the two cases are: "The Wallis family has been rewarded for their faith and patience. Rather than fighting for death for their loved one, wife Sandi, daughter Amber, parents Angilee and Jerry, and brother Perry kept up a loving vigil, even as years turned to decades. They didn’t presume to know what was best for Terry, or to make judgments of his ‘quality of life.’ We can only hope that the witness of this loving family will guide other families and judges who find themselves faced with a similar situation. We would do well to head their advice to ‘keep the faith and never give up’."

NCPD had earlier requested that the Florida legal system protect those funds originally designated for Terri’s rehabilitation. They have been drastically depleted with little regard to the purpose intended. Instead the money has been used in pursuit of legal and medical testimony from well-known advocates of euthanasia. Michael has moved on with his life with little apparent adherence to the commitments he made to the court in 1992.

Nancy Thompson, Chair of the Board of NCPD reflected, "Unfortunately the Schiavo case is one of too many in recent months in which the guardians of people with neurological disabilities have the potential to gain financially from the termination of basic medical care and potentially helpful rehabilitation."

Owen, a disability advocate since 1972 added, "A particularly frightening outcome of the battle between Mr. Schiavo and his live-in girlfriend and Terri’s family and friends is the statement by Attorney George J. Felos. In August 2001 he said in describing Terri’s quality of life: "The litmus test is whether a person can bring a spoon to their own mouth." That "litmus test" for survival could not have been passed by many of friends who live productively in spite of significant disabilities. And those of us who live with assorted disabilities are aware that when any of us is deprived of their essential dignity and worth, each of us face that same discounting by the judgments of the culture of death."

Mr. Rus Wester, who writes for the Catholic press, emphasized this point: "Let’s pray that someone, perhaps many, in the media, will develop the story of Terry Wallis in such a way that the true message is conveyed. Whether we call what has happened within the Wallis family a miracle or just a fluke of nature, may heaven grant sufficient clarity in the reporting of such cases that we learn respect for ALL human life."

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concerning Michael:::

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Searched the web for "Michael Schiavo".

The Michael Schiavo Starve My Wife To Death Countdown Clock
... But wait, there's more.... The Michael Schiavo Piggy Bank So you're asking, what
is the Michael Schiavo Piggy Bank and what does it have to do with anything? ...

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WASHINGTON LETTER Oct-17-2003 (940 words) Backgrounder and analysis. With photos posted Oct. 15 and 16. xxxn
Lessons learned from the impending death of a Florida woman

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The life and impending death of a Florida woman named Terri Schindler Schiavo offer a number of lessons for those who have watched her relatives fight about her fate since a court first ordered her feeding tube withdrawn more than three-and-a-half years ago.

For the cynical, the lesson might be to make sure you really know the person who might have to make the decisions about your life and death. For Terri Schiavo, who had no will or advance health care directives, that is her husband, Michael Schiavo, who won $1.3 million for her care but has had to be brought to court to authorize routine treatment of Terri's infections.

Michael Schiavo now has a child -- and a second one on the way -- with another woman but remains married to Terri and in control of her medical fund and her fate.

Despite the best efforts of Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, the 39-year-old woman's feeding tube -- through which she has received food and water for the past 13 years -- was removed Oct. 15; she was expected to die within two weeks.

For those with a serious illness or severe disability, the lesson offered by the Schiavo case might be a chilling one -- you'd better be sure you can prove you want to live (and are worthy of it) if times get tough or your health care expenses mount too high.

"(The Schindlers) are about to lose their daughter because no one wants to put a teaspoon of Jello to her mouth. It's insane," said attorney Christopher Ferrara of the American Catholic Lawyers Association at a hearing in Clearwater, Fla., before Circuit Court Judge George Greer in September.

For students of modern health care practices designed to extend life, the lesson might be how far things have come since the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan won their court battle in 1976 to remove their daughter from a respirator after she went into a "persistent vegetative state."

The withdrawal of food and water was never proposed in the case of Quinlan, who began breathing on her own when the respirator was removed and died nearly 10 years later in a New Jersey nursing home.

"Tragically, denial of basic sustenance to people with disabilities is neither unusual nor new in our country," the National Right to Life Committee said in an Oct. 15 statement. "For about two decades, the law in virtually every state has decreed that 'surrogates' may authorize denial of treatment to those who cannot speak for themselves. Consequently, vulnerable people with impaired consciousness have routinely been denied life-saving treatment, food and fluids until they die."

No medical consensus exists that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state.

"Over the last 13 years, Terri has laughed with us, cried with us, talked with us, and even tried to get out of her chair," said her parents in an Oct. 13 statement. "The accusations that Terri is in a coma or is a 'vegetable' are a lie."

Perhaps the most disheartening lesson in the tragic case of Terri Schiavo was how little influence Catholic ethical teachings have had on the decisions that are leading to her death.

Terri Schiavo and the Schindler family are Catholics, although Michael Schiavo has said Terri did not go to Mass on a regular basis during the five years of their marriage before she fell ill. Terri collapsed at their home in 1990 due to what doctors believe was a potassium imbalance, causing her brain to be deprived of oxygen for several minutes.

Msgr. Thaddeus Malanowski, a retired brigadier general and retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., is a Schindler family friend and frequent visitor to Terri Schiavo's bedside. Shortly after the feeding tube was removed, he gave her the anointing of the sick and touched a relic of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Schiavo's forehead, cheek and throat.

"This hurts," he said. "She is like an adopted sister to me."

The Florida Catholic bishops have urged that artificial nutrition and hydration be continued until "a more clear understanding of her actual physical condition" could be reached.

They cited church teaching that "there should be a presumption in favor of providing medically assisted nutrition and hydration to all patients as long as it is of sufficient benefit to outweigh the burdens involved to the patient."

But a priest testified at a 1990 trial that the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube "would be consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church" if she had, in fact, expressed a view that she would not want to be kept alive artificially.

No consensus exists on that question, either. Michael Schiavo says Terri expressed that view when she was in her early 20s but no one else heard it.

"What makes this case very sad is that there seems to be irreconcilable disagreement between Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, who wish her care to continue, and her husband and the courts, who seek what we consider a too-hasty end to this unfortunate woman's life," said Archbishop John F. Donoghue of Atlanta in a recent statement.

He called on Catholics to take steps to "prevent this same kind of tragic impasse from occurring within our families and our communities." These steps could include discussions with family members and physicians and execution of an advance directive or "living will" that makes "our wishes clear, should our competence be impaired," he said.

And that might be the most important lesson of all.

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Jeff Johnson
Disabled Woman's Family, Former Nurses Seek Inquiry
Sun Oct 19 01:59:10 2003
64.140.158.21

Disabled Woman's Family, Former Nurses Seek Inquiry
By Jeff Johnson
CNSNews.com Congressional Bureau Chief
September 10, 2003
http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200309/CUL20030910c.html

Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Supporters of a disabled Florida woman embroiled in a euthanasia battle with her husband called Wednesday for a criminal investigation into the husband's alleged abuse of his incapacitated wife.

The request comes just days after three of Terri Schindler Schiavo's former caregivers submitted sworn affidavits detailing a years-long history of denied medical care, altered or destroyed medical records, and alleged attempts by Michael Schiavo to kill his wife.

Schiavo has repeatedly denied the allegations, as has his attorney, George Felos.

Felos was quoted in the Tampa Tribune as saying that claims of abuse by the former caregivers are "a bunch of garbage." Although he did acknowledge that Schiavo was often overbearing with Terri's nurses, he claimed the behavior was an attempt to obtain "the best care for her."

Felos also disputed claims that Terri had communicated with her nurses. "It didn't happen," Felos told the newspaper. "It's a fabrication."

But the denials haven't stopped efforts to dig deeper into the case. "A group of concerned citizens have put together a formal request to the state's attorney, Bernie McCabe, asking him to investigate allegations of abuse upon Terri Schindler Schiavo by her husband, Michael Schiavo," said Pamela Hennessy, spokeswoman for the Schindler family.

Based on affidavits included with a federal lawsuit filed by the Schindlers on Aug. 30, Schiavo has allegedly forbidden medical professionals to provide his wife with any therapy or rehabilitation and has allegedly even attempted to cause her death.

As the result of a brain injury she suffered in 1990 under questionable circumstances, complicated by a lack of therapy for more than a decade, Terri has required nutrition and hydration through a gastrostomy or "feeding tube."

The woman has not had a guardian ad-litem for most of the time she has been disabled because the judge with jurisdiction over probate matters in her county ruled that Terri's sole legal guardian, her husband, is qualified to determine what is in her best interest.

But Schiavo began withholding nutrition and hydration shortly after winning $1.2 million on her behalf in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Since receiving the money, Schiavo has provided only subsistence care for his wife.

Terri's parents have been trying to obtain guardianship and provide their daughter with rehabilitative therapy that medical professionals have said will allow her to "improve significantly."

Allegations prompt call for criminal probe into suspected abuse

One particular allegation that was "very disturbing" to Hennessy and prompted the request for a criminal investigation was lodged by Carla Sauer Iyer, a registered nurse who cared for Terri from about April of 1995 until August of 1996.

Iyer alleged that Terri's blood sugar levels were normally "very stable due to the uniformity of her diet." While she suspects Schiavo of injecting Terri with regular insulin to drive her into hypoglycemic shock, she acknowledged that she has no proof.

"She noted at least five times when Michael
Schiavo would come to visit Terri, close the door to her room and then emerge sometime later and leave," Hennessy related. "On those occasions, Iyer had tested Terri's blood sugar, and the level was so low it wasn't even registering, she would administer dextrose to get Terri...out of danger."

Iyer's affidavit detailed the alleged incidents.

"Terri would be trembling, crying hysterically and would be very pale and have cold sweats. It looked to me like Terri was having a hypoglycemic reaction, so I'd check her blood sugar," Iyer recalled. "The glucometer reading would be so low that it was below the range where it would register an actual number reading."

Iyer and the other caregivers recalled numerous occasions when they would record information in Terri's medical charts or patient logs indicating that she was alert and responsive, speaking to them, laughing at jokes or funny stories, and complying with simple instructions.

Those records, they allege, were deleted from the files and, in some cases, were later seen in trashcans at nursing stations.

Hennessy said the letter requesting the investigation was delivered to McCabe Tuesday. An unidentified McCabe staff member told CNSNews.com late Wednesday that "I have been advised that we did not receive anything."

Motion to disqualify alleges judge talked to reporters, others about case

Terri's parents also want Pinellas-Pasco Florida Circuit Judge George Greer removed from their daughter's case. Attorneys for Robert and Mary Schindler filed a motion to disqualify Greer for alleged violations of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct. Greer has reportedly denied that motion, but his decision is expected to be appealed.

"There is a motion to disqualify, based on evidence that Judge Greer is discussing this case with his colleagues and also the media," Hennessy said. "He is not to do that without litigating attorneys present."

The Schindlers' lead attorney, Pat Anderson, claims Greer talked to reporters about the case after a teleconference between the judge and attorneys for both parties ended on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

"On Wednesday or Thursday, I learned from a local reporter that, in fact, the reporters stayed in Judge Greer's chambers after the conclusion of the telephonic hearing for some period of time, asking him questions and recording his responses," Anderson charged. "It is my firm conviction that Judge Greer, in effect, held an impromptu press conference about the merits of the case pending before him without counsel for the parties being present."

Anderson referenced testimony from other individuals, corroborating her accusation that Greer had discussed the case with reporters, colleagues and elected officials outside his office, in alleged violation of the Florida Canons of Judicial Conduct.

"It is my belief that Judge Greer is no longer possessed of the cold, impartial neutrality that the Canons require of any judge," Anderson wrote in her affidavit supporting the motion.

Hennessy said she had received word Wednesday that Greer had rejected the motion to disqualify himself from the case. But that is not the end of the request.

"There are gatekeepers in place," Hennessy said. "I'm not certain how the attorneys would need to proceed in order to do that."

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Jeff Johnson
Disabled Woman Would Cry 'Help Me,'
Sun Oct 19 02:16:34 2003
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Disabled Woman Would Cry 'Help Me,' Caregivers Claim
By Jeff Johnson
CNSNews.com Congressional Bureau Chief
September 03, 2003

(Editor's note: This report contains quoted language and descriptions of alleged multiple instances of denied medical care that some readers may find offensive.)

(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge Tuesday refused to stop a Florida court from ordering the removal of a disabled woman's feeding tube at the request of her husband. However, the judge gave the woman's parents ten days to amend their lawsuit against the husband, the hospital caring for the woman and the hospice where she is being kept in anticipation of her death by starvation or dehydration. The lawsuit also named the husband's attorney as a "non-party co-conspirator" to the alleged violations.

Robert and Mary Schindler filed an emergency complaint
http://www.zimp.org/complaint.pdf

Saturday with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa in an effort to block their daughter's husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, from moving forward with plans to remove his wife's feeding tube. Thirty-nine year old Terri Schindler Schiavo suffered a brain injury in 1990 under questionable circumstances. That injury, complicated by a lack of therapy for more than a decade, has required that she be given nutrition and hydration through a gastrostomy or "feeding tube."

Since receiving a $1.2 million medical malpractice award on behalf of his wife, Schiavo has provided only subsistence care for her and, based on affidavits included with the Schindlers' suit, allegedly forbidden medical professionals from providing his wife with any therapy or rehabilitation. He is currently allowing her to receive limited medical treatment for a severe infection under a court order.

Former caregivers file affidavits supporting allegations

Three medical professionals who had cared for Terri in the past filed affidavits accompanying the lawsuit, disputing Michael Schiavo's claims that his wife was in a "Persistent Vegetative State," which is the requirement under Florida law for a feeding tube to be removed. The medical experts also chronicled a long history of alleged denial of care and therapy by Schiavo.

Carolyn Johnson,
http://www.cnsnews.com/pdf/2003/aff1.pdf
a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), cared for Terri in a nursing home in the early 1990s. She described her shock at being ordered not to provide the same care for Terri as a patient in the same room with a similar brain injury was receiving.

"I learned, as part of my training, that there was a family dispute and that the husband, as guardian, wanted no rehabilitation for Terri," Johnson explained. "Once, I wanted to put a cloth in Terri's hand to keep her hand from closing in on itself, but I was not permitted to do this, as Michael Schiavo considered that to be a form of rehabilitation."

Another CNA, Heidi Law, cared for Terri at a convalescent center in the mid and late 1990s. Law described similar orders she received not to encourage Mrs. Schiavo's recovery.

"I know that Terri did not receive routine physical therapy or any other kind of therapy. I was personally aware of orders for rehabilitation that were not being carried out," Law alleged in her affidavit. "Even though they were ordered, Michael [Schiavo] would stop them. Michael [Schiavo] ordered that Terri receive no rehabilitation or range of motion therapy."

Law also alleged that her attempts to document Terri's potential for improvement were thwarted.

"I made extensive notes and listed all of Terri's behaviors, but there was never any apparent follow-up consistent with her responsiveness," Law said. "There were trash cans at the nurses stations that we were supposed to empty each shift, and I often saw the notes in them."

Law directly disputes Michael Schiavo's claim that Terri is in a Persistent Vegetative State, as well. In her affidavit, she detailed how she routinely provided Terri with a wet washcloth filled with ice chips to keep her mouth moistened and, on at least three occasions, fed Terri flavored gelatin.

"I personally saw her swallow the ice water and never saw her gag. [Another CAN] and I frequently put orange juice or apple juice in her washcloth to give her something nice to taste, which made her happy," Law recalled. "On three or four occasions I personally fed Terri small mouthfuls of Jell-O, which she was able to swallow and enjoyed immensely."

Nurse recalls Schiavo asking, 'When is that bitch gonna die?'

Carla Sauer Iyer
http://www.cnsnews.com/pdf/2003/aff2.pdf
was a Licensed Practical Nurse (
LPN) at the same convalescent center in the mid 1990s, and also cared for Terri. She described Mr. Schiavo as being "focused on Terri's death.

"Michael [Schiavo] would say, 'When is she going to die? Has she died yet?' and 'When is that bitch going to die?'" Iyer charged. "Other statements which I recall him making include, 'Can't anything be done to accelerate her death, won't she ever die?' When she wouldn't die, Michael [Schiavo] would be furious."

Conversely, Iyer said that when she would have to call Schiavo to inform him of a downturn in Terri's condition, Schiavo would be elated.

"Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled even, hoping that she would die," Iyer recalled. "He would blurt out, 'I'm going to be rich,' and would talk about all the things he would buy when Terri died, which included a new car, a new boat and going to Europe, among other things."

Iyer also described incidents of Terri Schiavo talking, moving voluntarily and responding to external stimuli, descriptions that Iyer said were removed from Mrs. Schiavo's medical records. Both Law and Iyer reported Terri verbally communicating, also contradicting Michael Schiavo's claim that his wife was in a Persistent Vegetative State.

"During the time I cared for Terri, she formed words. I have heard her say 'mommy' from time to time, and 'momma,'" Law recalled. "She also said 'help me' a number of times."

Iyer described Terri as "alert and oriented," and said Michael Schiavo "systematically distorted" Terri's medical condition.

"Terri spoke on a regular basis while in my presence, saying such things as 'mommy' and 'help me,'" Iyer recalled. "'Help me' was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times."

Attorney named as 'non-party co-conspirator' to civil rights violations

The lawsuit filed by Terri's parents accuses Schiavo, both personally and in his official capacity as Terri's legal guardian, of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for refusing to provide appropriate medical care and rehabilitation therapy, which are required by the law and for seeking to deprive her of nutrition and hydration, which is forbidden by the law.

George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney and a noted author and advocate in Florida's so-called "right to die" movement, is also named as a "non-party co-conspirator" in the lawsuit. The Schindlers allege that Schiavo, with Felos' help, sought to deprive Terri of her due process rights under the Fifth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The suit charges that Terri was denied a guardian ad litem during most of the legal proceedings in which her husband sought to end her life and, the remainder of the time, suffered from "ineffective assistance of counsel, due process violations, and blatant conflict of interest with Terri's guardian, defendant Michael Schiavo," who is responsible for seeing that her legal interests are represented.

The only guardian ad litem and the only attorney to represent Terri prior to her parents' intervention in the case were removed when the attorney suggested that Michael Schiavo had a conflict of interest that prohibited him from serving as Terri's guardian.

The complaint also alleges that Schiavo and Felos conspired to deprive Terri of access to her priest in violation of the First Amendment and that the use of a 1999 Florida law in her case represented a Fifth Amendment due process violation of the constitutional prohibition on ex post facto legislation since Mrs. Schiavo had suffered her injury in 1990.

All of the cumulative rights violations are alleged under 42 USC 1983, which provides that, "Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress."

The hospice where Terri Schiavo is being kept and the hospital where her infection was supposed to have been treated are also accused of violating the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. That law requires that "handicapped" receive comparable medical care to that given able-bodied patients with similar conditions or injuries. Both facilities are subject to the Rehabilitation Act because they receive federal Medicare funding. The hospital is also charged with violating provisions of the Social Security law in 42 USC 1395dd, which requires the examination and appropriate treatment of emergency medical conditions and forbids the discharge of patients before their conditions are stabilized. The Schindlers believe their daughter was prematurely discharged from the hospital on more than one occasion in an attempt to hasten her death.

Felos accused the Schindlers of trying to subvert the Florida justice system.

"The purpose of this lawsuit is to invalidate the lower court's decision," Felos told the Tampa Tribune Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara gave the Schindlers ten days to file an amended version of their lawsuit and offered Felos an additional ten days to respond. He would not, however, block a hearing scheduled for Sept. 11, during which Pinellas-Pasco Florida Circuit Judge George Greer is expected to set a date for Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to be removed.

Attorneys for both sides told reporters after the emergency hearing Tuesday that they do not expect Greer to set that date any earlier than the 20-day period set by the federal court for the Schindlers' amended complaint and Felos' response. http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200309/CUL20030903b.html

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September 5, 2003, 10:55 a.m.
Schiavo’s Date with Death
A Florida woman needs non-dehydration intervention.

By Wesley J. Smith

hirty-nine-year-old Terri Schiavo may not live to see her 40th birthday. She's not terminally ill. She's not engaged in inherently dangerous activities. She's not on Death Row.

So, you might wonder, why is she about to die? Schiavo has a profound cognitive disability. This should entitle her to the best of care. Instead, Judge George W. Greer of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, in Clearwater, Florida, is about to order medical personnel to withhold tube-supplied food and water until she dies. Terri's dehydration will be slow, taking 10-14 agonizing days.

 Judge Greer is acting at the behest of Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, who petitioned the court five years ago for permission to withdraw his wife's tube-supplied food and water. In a normal case, a spouse would be trusted to make medical decisions in the best interests of an incapacitated husband or wife. But this is not a normal case. Consider the following facts:

After Terri collapsed from unknown causes in 1990, she became profoundly cognitively disabled.
Michael filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit, during which he said he would care for her for the rest of her life, which, assuming proper care, would be a normal lifespan. He also presented at trial a medical-rehabilitation expert who had developed a plan to provide support for Terri to maximize her ability to respond to her environment.
A jury awarded $1.3 million in the malpractice case, of which $750,000 was put in trust to pay for the kind of care that Michael promised to provide Terri.
Michael never kept his promise.
Within months of the money being deposited in the bank, Michael ordered a do-not-resuscitate order placed on Terri's chart. He has also repeatedly denied her other forms of medical care, such as treatment for infections.
Once the money was in the bank, according to affidavits filed by nurses under penalty of perjury, Michael ordered that Terri be denied stimulation.
In the mid 1990s, according to another nurse's affidavit filed under penalty of perjury, Michael was overheard saying things such as, "When is she going to die," "Has she died yet?" and "When is that bitch going to die?" (This affidavit was only recently filed. Michael has not yet filed a response.)
Michael dated after the malpractice trial; he is now engaged to be married. He lives with his fiancé, with whom he has one child and another on the way. He reportedly plans to marry his fiancé as soon as his wife's death is induced.
Money that was intended to pay for Terri's treatment and rehabilitation has instead gone to lawyers Michael retained to obtain a court order to bring about her death.
If Terri dies, Michael will inherit what is left of the $750,000 (if any remains) and all other property they owned.
Michael moved Terri from a nursing home to a hospice three years ago even though Terri is not terminally ill. A hospice specializes in dying patients and is not as equipped to provide patients like Terri with proper care.

Judge Greer has ruled that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). This ruling was necessary under Florida law to allow dehydration. Under Florida law, this means that Terri exhibits no voluntary action or cognitive behavior of any kind and is unable to communicate or interact purposely with the environment.

Yet, affidavits filed by nurses who cared for Terri claim that she has responded to them, can speak, and can even swallow food. Moreover, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Videotapes of Terri clearly show her responding to requests. For example, a closed-eyed Terri is asked to open her eyes by a doctor. Her eyes flutter and she does as he requests. She is asked in another video to follow a balloon with her eyes, and she does. In a heartbreaking video, Terri's mother kisses her on the cheek and Terri smiles and responds, clearly happy that her mom is with her. These and other videos can be seen by visiting www.terrisfight.org.

Dr. William Hammesfahr, a world-renowned expert in cases such as Terri's — and a Nobel Prize nominee — testified that Terri is not in a PVS. He also testified that he believes he could help her improve her circumstances through proper medical treatment. Ten other physicians have testified or given statements that Terri is not unconscious. Judge Greer instead chose to believe contrary testimony by a doctor who rarely sees Terri and another doctor, who makes an avocation of testifying in cases such as Terri's throughout the country, always on the side of dehydration.

Despite the clear financial and personal conflicts of interest, Judge Greer repeatedly sides with Michael and against Terri's father, mother, and siblings, who want to care for her for the rest of her life. This means that the man who might benefit financially from his wife's death and who has clear personal reasons for wanting Terri to die continues to have almost sole say over how she is treated and cared for — or denied care — on a daily basis.

Greer will set the date for Terri's dehydration on September 11 (amazingly). This order will be based on testimony from Michael and his brother and sister-in-law arguing that Terri said she would not want to be maintained in this condition. Never mind that Michael first brought this alleged statement up only after he decided that the time had come for Terri to die by dehydration. Never mind that these conversations never came up when Michael was asking a jury for a $20 million medical-malpractice award. Never mind that none of Terri's blood family ever recall her saying any such thing. Never mind that Terri is a Catholic and this dehydration would violate Catholic moral teaching.

A PLEA TO GOVERNOR BUSH
Time is running out. Terri may be days away from a dehydration order. The only hope for Terri Schiavo may now be Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Gov. Bush is aware of the Terri Schiavo case. He has received more than 27,000 petition signatures from Americans across the country who are enraged at how Terri has been treated and the death that is planned for her.

On August 26, reacting to the political heat, and no doubt genuinely concerned with Terri's plight, Bush wrote a letter to Judge Greer requesting that he postpone the dehydration and appoint a guardian ad litem to look into Terri's case. In this regard, it is worth noting that Terri once had a guardian ad litem who recommended against the requested dehydration. Perhaps this is why Judge Greer respectfully told Gov. Bush that he would put the governor's letter in the file with no action taken.

Bush's letter was a nice first step but was clearly insufficient. The time has come for the State of Florida to attempt to formally intervene in the case. Indeed, there are enough substantial questions about the propriety of what is transpiring in Terri's case, that Bush should take whatever legal action is necessary to make the state Terri's official guardian.

Taking such action would prevent a husband with too many conflicts of interest from continuing to be in charge of Terri's care. It would permit an objective, professional guardian with no intimate ties to Terri to bring order to this emotionally devastating case and determine:

The extent of Terri's disability and responsiveness;
The likelihood that therapy could have a meaningful chance of improving Terri's condition;
The propriety of the care that Terri has received; and,
Whether the benefit of the doubt should go to keeping Terri alive or letting her die by dehydration.

If Michael Schiavo dehydrated a horse, he could go to jail. But getting a judge to order medical personnel to do the same thing to a human being is perfectly legal. The hour is late but Terri Schiavo is still alive; as long as she is, Gov. Bush can still act to protect her right to life.

If you agree with this article, please contact Governor Jeb Bush at:

Governor Jeb Bush
Florida Capitol Building, PL-05
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
850-488-7146
850-487-2564 Fax
E-Mail:
fl_governor@eog.state.fl.us

— Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and an attorney and consultant for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-smith090503.asp


Comment
From Eleanor
10-16-3
 
Florida State's Attorney, Criminal Jurisdiction
 
I just got off the phone with the Florida State's Attorney office with CRIMINAL jurisdiction over the Pinellas Park nursing home where Terri Schiavo is being tortured by witholding WATER. The number is: 1-727-464-6221
 
I stated that witholding water from a CONSCIOUS person is A CRIMINAL MATTER, not civil, and that his office SHOULD GET INVOLVED.
 
I got through to one of the DAs and asked him if I were to withold water from him or a member of his family, would that be a crime?
 
This lowlife actually told me that witholding water from anyone ELSE is DIFFERENT from witholding water from Terri, even though I had just reminded hime she is CONSCIOUS. CONSCIOUS.
 
He said "<harrumph> It is the official position of this office that we are not involved" and hung up.
 
I wish I had asked him to remember Terri Schiavo every time he takes a drink of WATER!
 
I can't believe this isn't a dream!
 
Eleanor
http://www.rense.com/general43/slowdeath.htm


Jana Carpenter, nurse who has reviewed Terri's charts states:

"TERRI IS NO WAY VEGETATIVE. She sits up in a chair.
There is NO QUESTION she is in such a state. It really does
rip your heart out to see this happening.

"There's a priest in there right now and he is SCARED to
go in and give her Holy Communion. The husband's
lawyers are THREATENING him if he even touches her.
Michael the husband threatened her father for even trying
to put a PILLOW behind Terri's head.

"She has not had a drop of water. A DROP. No person
is allowed to even touch Terri by her ex-husband, now
common-law married to his mistress, Michael Schiavo.

"Michael Schiavo prevented even normal human care. He
refused to let Terri's TEETH BE CLEANED for TEN YEARS."

"Dehydration is one of the most painful deaths imaginable.
Her lips crack, nose bleeds, stomach and interior organs
malfunction, dry heaves, seizures, imminence of her
death due to collapsed lung a few weeks ago is likely. If
the governor doesn't act very soon, Terri will die."

"Disability group rally at 1:00 pm in Washington DC."

David, guardianship spokesperson:

"We have received about 85,000 emails forwarded to
Governor Bush. Fifty people are around the hospice on
average. Elderly lady slept on the ground last night.

Michael, Terri's future brother in law, NOT her ex-husband:

"Just went in with priest to give Terri's last rites. Police threatened
priest with arrest if priest tries to give Terri last rites. Police
statement: 'You will not make it to her, sir, if you try, I will restrain
and arrest you.' "


DEATH BY STARVATION IS TERRORISM!

In the Nuremberg Trial, Rosenberg argued that he had objected to the excesses and atrocities committed by his subordinates. However, an unimpressed Tribunal noted that "these excesses continued and he stayed in office until the end."132 Frank too argued that he had objected to Hitler, and the Tribunal accepted the fact that he might have objected occasionally to certain policies. The Tribunal also noted, however, Frank's involvement in the atrocities.

But it is also true that Frank was a willing and knowing participant in the use of terrorism in Poland; in the economic exploitation of Poland in a way which led to the death by starvation of a large number of people; in the deportation to Germany as slave laborers of over a million Poles; and in a programme involving the murder of at least three million Jews.133  http://www.law.duke.edu/journals/djcil/articles/djcil7p461.htm


CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

TORTURE & DEATH FROM THE
Nuremberg Trials
1945 - 1949

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/nuremberg.htm

The Nuremberg Trials:
The Doctors Trial

The Doctors Trial considered the fate of twenty-three German physicians who either participated in the Nazi program to euthanize persons deemed "unworthy of life" (the mentally ill, mentally retarded, or physically disabled) or who conducted experiments on concentration camp prisoners without their consent.  The Doctors Trial lasted 140 days.  Eighty-five witnesses testified and almost 1,500 documents were introduced.  Sixteen of the doctors charged were found guilty.  Seven were executed.  http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/NurembergDoctorTrial.html

The Nuremberg Trials

[Between September 1939 and April 1945 the defendants Karl Brandt, Blome, Brack, and Hoven unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly committed war crimes, as defined by Article II of Control Council Law No. 10, in that they were principals in, accessories to, ordered, abetted, took a consenting part in, and were connected with plans and enterprises involving the execution of the so-called "euthanasia" program of the German Reich in the course of which the defendants herein murdered hundreds of thousands of human beings, including nationals of German-occupied countries. This program involved the systematic and secret execution of the aged, insane, incurably ill, of deformed children, and other persons, by gas, lethal injections, and diverse other means in nursing homes, hospitals, and asylums. Such persons were regarded as "useless eaters" and a burden to the German war machine. The relatives of these victims were informed that they died from natural causes, such as heart failure. German doctors involved in the "euthanasia" program were also sent to Eastern occupied countries to assist in the mass extermination of Jews.

10. The said war crimes constitute violations of international conventions, particularly of Articles 4, 5, 6, 7, and 46 of the Hague Regulations, 1907, and Articles 2, 3, and 4 of the Prisoner-of-War Convention (Geneva, 1929), the laws and customs of war, the general principles of criminal law as derived from the criminal laws of all civilized nations, the internal penal laws of the countries in which such crimes were committed, and Article II of Control Council Law No. 10.
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/NurembergDoctorTrial.html


There are NO statute of Limitations on MURDER!

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