Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Will The Lies Never End?

By, The Judicial WatchDogs

December 29, 2004 - The second district court of appeals ordered, without opinion, the denial of Terri Schiavo's parents an opportunity to develop a case that could have saved her life. Previously, Terri's parents filed a petition, asking the court to consider a March, 2004 decree by Pope John Paul II that allowing incapacitated individuals food and fluids through feeding tube assistance was a moral obligation and the removal of such assistance was euthanasia by omission. Terri Schiavo, a life-long, obedient Catholic, is not believed to be in favor of involuntary euthanasia and her parents have tried for years to protect her from a macabre death of dehydration and starvation that is sought by her husband.

Terri Schiavo sustained brain damage following a mysterious medical episode in 1990 that has yet to be explained. Her husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, sued for rehabilitation benefits and received awards exceeding 1.6 million dollars which were put into trust to provide therapy for Terri. Within a few months, he denied her treatment for a urinary tract infection which could have proved fatal to young Terri. He would later admit, under oath, that he knew the results would cause her death.

Since 1998, Michael Schiavo has mercilessly waged a battle to end his wife's life through the court-approved removal of her assisted sustenance. Such a move is illegal under Florida law without a written directive or clear and convincing evidence of the incapacitated person's medical treatment desires. Neither item exists in Terri's case, yet the courts have favored Michael Schiavo's wishes to end his wife's life.

When the Schindlers (Terri's parents) filed a petition seeking relief based on her religious liberties, the circuit court flatly denied it, stating nothing in the Schindler's petition was new. This was in spite of a recent and clear decree by the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II that the removal of assisted sustenance was euthanasia and immoral in the eyes of the church.

The Schindlers appealed this and won a stay for their daughter's life in the circuit court. A circuit judge granted an indefinite stay pending all appeals. This means that Terri's food and fluids would not be removed pending any additional legal actions by her parents to protect her.

Interestingly, Michael Schiavo's attorney has stated in recent press interviews that Schiavo would no longer fight the Schindlers or their appeals. Felos told media that "There is no prospect of finality" and that his client would likely give up hopes of finding resolution in the court process.

On December 29, Lifenews.com published an interview with Terri's father in which he states: "Everything Felos says or does is to reinforce his efforts to kill Terri Schiavo and further the cause of his euthanasia agenda. Make no mistake, Felos is using the media to send a message to the Appellate Courts in an attempt to gain their empathy in his personal pursuit of ending Terriā€™s life"

It comes as no surprise that Mr. Felos would issue a press release on the day of the second DCA's order in his usual, smarmy and self-righteous pro-death rhetoric, saying such abominable things as: "MICHAEL SCHIAVO, MRS. SCHIAVO'S husband and Guardian, who chose not to file a brief in the parents' appeal, praised the appellate court's "prompt and definitive denial of the Schindlers' frivolous claim" and "The probate court's stay order, which has prevented the removal of MRS. SCHIAVO'S artificial life-support until resolution of the "Papal" appeal, will automatically terminate upon the issuance of the appellate court's mandate. The mandate will be issued in fifteen days, or upon denial of any motion for rehearing filed by the parents."
This is the same attorney who has already written a book titled "Litigation as Spiritual Practice" in which he claims to have the psychic-sensory ability to crash jetliners and speak to comatose patients. He is also accepting $10,000 to $15,000 per gig to speak about the "right to die", using Terri Schiavo's case as a launching pad.
The long suffering Michael Schiavo is living with another woman (for over 9 years) with whom he has 2 children, yet he refuses to dissolve his marriage to Terri Schiavo. Schiavo initially sued medical malpractice on his wife's behalf for close to $20 million. However, he was awarded a paltry $1.6 million. Within 6 months time, he was trying to end his wife's life.

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