Terri Schiavo Law rulled unconstitutional 9/23/2004
Terri Schiavo
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 http://www.apfn.org/apfn/Terri_michael.htm

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 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.’

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
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 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. http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/1102/1102ft1.html

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 this section.

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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