Terri Schiavo law ruled unconstitutional 9/23/2004
Thu Sep 23, 2004 14:20
Terri Schiavo law ruled unconstitutional 9/23/2004
The State Supreme Court ruled unanimously this morning the law passed to keep
Schiavo hooked up to a feeding and hydration tube violates the separation of
powers between the judicial branch and legislative and executive branches.
The 40-year-old Schiavo has been severely brain damaged since 1990 when her
heart temporarily stopped beating. She left no written instructions on how to
care for her then, but in Florida a person's wishes must be honored even if
stated orally. Courts have previously ruled Schiavo has been in a persistent
vegetative state, while her husband Michael and parents Bob and Mary Schindler
have been at odds over whether to keep her alive or not. Lower courts have sided
in favor of Schiavo's husband to remove the feeding tube, but Schiavo's parents
have won court stays to keep her alive. The Florida Supreme Court's ruling that
Schivo's law is unconstitutional came just weeks after oral arguments.
Appeal to the Holy Father on behalf of Terri Schiavo
renewamerica.us, United States - Sep 15, 2004
... Her name is Terri Schiavo and she lives in Clearwater, Florida, in the
diocese of St. Petersburg, USA. Terri is not dying nor is she terminally ill.
APFN.ORG. THE SAGA OF TERRI SCHIAVO. Innocent Disabled Lady Sentenced to
Nazi-Style - 'Death By Starvation' In Florida.
A: Why would they be afraid of Michael? Who is this guy? Why are they so afraid
of him? ..He has pictures of everybody naked,...I've decided.
B: Michael's 6'6" - probably 260 pounds, and he, he's very intimidating
physically. Uh, I think he bullies girls around as much as he can. I think he
intimidates women. See
The Schindlers, Terri's parents, have been locked in a decade-long legal
struggle with their son-in-law, Michael Schiavo, over the care and custody of
their daughter, who suffered massive brain damage when she collapsed at her home
13 years ago under unexplained circumstances. Terri's brain was deprived of
oxygen for about five minutes.
Terri was a Battered Wife?
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
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
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
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
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 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.
"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."
"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."
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, and a second one on the way -- but remains married to Terri and in
control of her medical fund and her fate, wants Terri to die.
Had Terri 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 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."
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
Terri Schiavo Case Info
Ken Connor represents Gov. Bush re:
Terri's Law. Read about the case.
Florida Court throws out 'Terri's Law'
Washington Times - 36 minutes ago
The Florida Supreme Court threw out a state law Thursday that saved the life of
a Tampa woman who has been in a permanent vegetative state for 14 years.
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