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March 14, 2005

JUDGE IN SCHIAVO CASE HAS IGNORED GRAVE ALLEGATIONS OF HUSBAND'S 'INTIMIDATION'

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

- Spirit Daily

The judge presiding over the life of Terri Schiavo has ignored potentially explosive claims detailing what those making them believe is a pattern of unusual and allegedly perhaps even violent behavior by her husband, behavior they fear may have factored into the demise of the Florida woman to begin with.

The allegations are just that: assertions by a number of people who are on the opposite side of the debate over the fate of Michael Schiavo's wife -- who has languished in a severely disabled but hardly vegetative state since February 25, 1990, when she was found in a collapsed state between a hall and bathroom during the early morning hours. As allegations, they should be held with a degree of circumspection that provides a presumption of innocence until more evidence is brought to the table.

Moreover, it must be remembered at each turn that there is a bitter dispute at the heart of the issue.

But they are serious allegations, and it was apparently these assertions that caused the state's Department of Children and Families to ask for a 60-day delay in the March 18 date for removal of Terri's feeding and hydrations tubes, saying it wanted time to investigate allegations of "abuse" and "neglect" against Michael, who has since taken up with another woman with whom he has two children.

The judge, George W. Greer of the Sixth Circuit in Pinellas County, has denied that request for a delay, as he has denied virtually all substantive motions by her parents, the Schindlers -- who are desperately fighting to keep their daughter alive and who have now called for the judge's impeachment on the grounds of partiality.

Last week the Schindlers alluded again to the pattern of behavior on the part of their son-in-law, commenting that after Michael Schiavo has denied Terri therapy for so many years and "denied our family any opportunity to help her, we can only come to the conclusion that he is not comfortable with the prospects of her regaining her abilities to speak and communicate to us the reasons for her collapse."

Terri's father Robert says he is "more than 90 percent sure" that violence on the part of the husband factored into his daughter's disabled condition. "My family feels that based on all of this mounting evidence there is a strong possibility that what happened to Terri was a result of a violent attack by her husband Michael Schiavo," wrote Terri's brother to Spirit Daily.

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Cross posted at BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 14, 2005 11:53 AM



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