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March 24, 2005
Felos: Schindlers' Time 'Better Served in Reflection,'
Who is George Felos to tell Terri's parents how they should act when their daughter is being starved and dehydrated to death? I'm a calm and reasonable man, but if that was my daughter - they'd have to kill me to keep me from caring for her. For a man to have left his wife for another woman, have children with that woman, and then be allowed to continue as her guardian, is insanity. Add to that insanity, the fact that the judge in this case has chosen to not only remove Terri's feeding tube, but to also take the extraordinary step of ordering that no person shall provide Terri food or water by mouth.
What is the harm in trying? What is the harm in conducting modern imaging studies and having a sophisticated multidisciplinary team evaluate Terri for possible rehabilitation? Instead, Judge George Greer has simply condemned Terri to die for the crime of being disabled, on the basis of heresay evidence.
"As the situation stands now, absent a kidnapping, Terri Schiavo is going to remain in hospice," the attorney for Michael Schiavo said Thursday morning, after the U.S. Supreme Court again refused to intervene in the case.
Attorney George Felos also urged Terri's parents to end their legal quest to keep their daughter alive: "I think their time would be better served in reflection," Felos told a press conference.
The U.S. Supreme Court dashed the last best hope of the Schindler family at 10:25 on Thursday morning, by denying an application for a stay that would have allowed reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube while the case received a new hearing.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (who handles appeals from the 11th Circuit) brought the matter to all of his colleagues, and the full court decided to reject the family's appeal. The brief Supreme Court order does not indicate whether the decision was unanimous or whether it was split.
Terri's supporters, who were gathered outside her hospice, greeted the news by praying that Gov. Jeb Bush would find a way to intervene. Bobby Schindler told Fox News that his family was "extremely disappointed" with the Supreme Court ruling and he again described the torment of watching Terri starve to death.
But George Felos, the attorney for Michael Shiavo, said it saddens him that Michael Schiavo has had to keep running to the courts to protect Terri from government "abuse."
"I think it should become obvious to everyone...that the entire judicial system of the US...has said this case must end. This case is over," Felos said. "Mrs. Schiavo's legal rights have been ruled on again and again and again. The courts have consistently found that she did not want to remain alive artificially. Her wishes should be carried out. And in that spirit, I hope that the parents do not keep pursing fruitless legal options to the end."
Felos was particularly critical of the Florida's executive branch. "The real governmental abuse here is the action of the Department [of Children and Families] and the government in trying to avoid and circumvent valid court orders," he said.
He called it "revolting" that the state government has been used in such a way.
Felos called for people to move into Easter weekend in a "frame of contemplation. I think if there's anything Mrs. Schiavo would want -- she would want that."
If I were the Schindlers, I'm afraid that I would be very inclined in telling Mr Felos and Michael Schiavo - exactly where to go!
Posted by richard at March 24, 2005 12:57 PM
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