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March 3, 2005

Error Misled Judge, Schiavo Parents Say

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A mistake about a famous precedent to the Terri Schiavo case may have caused the trial judge to wrongly conclude Schiavo would not want to be kept alive with the help of a feeding tube, her parents contend.

Judge George Greer's ruling in February 2000 discounted the testimony of a key witness for parents Bob and Mary Schindler based on the mistaken assumption that Karen Ann Quinlan died in the mid-1970s after a celebrated New Jersey court case resulted in her removal from life support.

Posted by richard at March 3, 2005 5:05 AM


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One thing that shaped my views on this isthe Karen Ann Quinlan case in the 70s. I remember the daily pull the plug news. Then they "pulled the plug" -- removed artificial life support, NOT food and water. She lived. For a long time. Years. I remember my feelings that first day, the next day, and the days stretching into months and years. I remember hearing about how she died peacefully though I do not recall when or where I was.

Even if someone is in PVS, there is no reason to startve them to death. Terri is more well than that.

Posted by: Justene at March 3, 2005 9:40 AM