Monday, March 14, 2005
Victim's rights group calls on Bush to send the Florida fuzz to Terri's hospice to prevent her starvation
Terri's trying to learn how to say "I love you", six days before she's scheduled to have her half-finished murder completed by her husband, with the assistance of Judge Greer. 0314051 FDLE Asked To Remove Terri From Hospice
On another front, Ted Hires, president and founder of the Justice Coalition, a victims right group in Jacksonville, told the crowd that his group had requested Gov. Jeb Bush issue an executive order to send the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to the Woodside Hospice where Terri resides on Friday to prevent the tube removal.
Hires said that the Justice Coalition has also asked Gov. Bush to appoint a special prosecutor and the FDLE to investigate the origin of Terri’s collapse in 1990 and the numerous ongoing violations of Florida law in the case which exist to protect the rights of the state’s disabled.
“After a thorough review of Terri Shiavo’s case and seeking the opinion of legal counsel, I have concluded that Terri Schiavo is most certainly a victim”, Hires said. “There is a very real possibility that an act of domestic violence caused Terri’s present condition. The public has a right to know the truth regarding these criminal allegations and until they are investigated, we will not know the answers”.
Terri Schiavo, now 41, collapsed at her home under suspicious circumstances in 1990. After her husband, Michael Schiavo, received more than $2 million from medical malpractice settlements, he withdraw all rehabilitation services and petitioned the Probate Court of Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer to withdraw her feeding, causing her death by starvation. Although she left no living will, after he received the money, he suddenly remembered that 10 years earlier she had made a statement that she would not want to be kept alive by artificial means, a self-serving hearsay statement which Greer endorsed as clear and convincing evidence as the basis to sanction judicial homicide.
Her parents, Mary and Robert Schindler Sr., have battled their son-in-law in court for nearly 10 years, arguing that she is not in a persistent vegetative state as Greer as decreed and that she would not want to die.
The Schindlers told the Tallahassee crowd Sunday that their daughter jokes with them and is trying to learn to say “I love you”. They said their daughter’s situation is the “inception of genocide” in this country.
. “As Friday approaches, the question we keep being asked is “how do you feel? We have faith”, Bob Schindler said emotionally. “God is in charge. We’re being supported by your people. We’re so appreciative of what you’re doing”.
“The eyes of the world are watching us”, Gary Cass, the executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America told the hundreds in attendance. “The world is watching how we treat the weak, the disabled, and it will reflect on the consciousness of our nation”, he said. “We need to do the right thing. We’re here to save Terri’s life, but it’s not just life for Terri, it’s also for people like her”.
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