Monday, August 02, 2004

Michael Schiavo fails to show for deposition

Press Release
For Immediate Release - 8/02/2004 12.00 PM (GMT-5)

Michael Schiavo fails to show for deposition

St Petersburg, FL – For a second time, Michael Schiavo failed to appear for a deposition that was scheduled for 11.00am today. Schiavo employed the same "no show" tactic in a similar instance a few years ago.

Schiavo’s deposition disregard is in defiance to a Clearwater court ruling that attorneys representing the parents of Terri Schindler-Schiavo can examine Michael Schiavo under oath. Schiavo has also ignored a Court order obliging him to disclose information to Terri’s family pertaining to Terri’s medical status.

In his recent July 2004 ruling, Judge Greer of Pinellas-Pasco County’s Sixth Judicial Circuit stated that both Michael Schiavo and Jodi Centonze, his fiancé since 1997 and mother of his two children, could be deposed by attorney Patricia Anderson in the guardianship case involving his disabled wife, Terri Schiavo.

Important Development...

Since the scheduling of this deposition, new developments have come to light.
On July 31, 2004, Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, visited her at Park Place Assisted Living Facility. Michael Schiavo (via telephone to the staff) denied Terri’s parents permission to bring a music CD into their daughter’s room for Terri’s listening enjoyment.

Additionally, the Schindlers noticed a wrist band on Terri from Mease-Countryside Hospital and inquired as to when and why their daughter had been hospitalized. A second phone call was placed to Mr. Schiavo, Terri’s guardian, to ask permission to disclose details to Terri’s parents. Again, Mr. Schiavo denied his permission.

A 1996 court order compels Michael Schiavo to disclose changes in Terri’s medical condition to her parents and to notify the staff that they may do just that. Once again, Mr. Schiavo decided not to follow that court order. This particular court order defiance is ongoing. Mr. Schiavo continues to deny the Schindlers information about their daughter’s medical condition.

Michael Schiavo has sought to end Terri’s life by dehydration and starvation since 1998, and also previously ordered that she be deprived of medical treatment for a life-threatening infection. Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler of Florida, have fought tirelessly to save their daughter’s life.


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