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March 9, 2005

Judge Rules No Food, Water For Terri Schiavo: Who's next?

Topics: Legal affairs

Last night while sitting in a Barnes and Noble bookstore with two physician friends, both medical oncologists who see more than their fair share of the pain and suffering of the very sick and dying, the topic of discussion drifted from Theo van Gogh to, you guessed it, Terri Schiavo. Neither could fathom a judge requiring the feeding tube to be removed from anyone that required it and was otherwise in good physical health, but to go further and not allow that person to be fed and hydrated by normal means was, in their exact words, "over the top!" Those words fail to adequately describe what came to my mind this morning when I read the judges order - "no food or water for Terri Schiavo." It's more than over the top, it's judicial homicide!

Where is the obstreperous public outcry and the loud exclamations of 'inhumane judicial decree' from the press? It is illegal to starve your dog to death in Florida, but it's okay to starve Terri Schiavo to death. Warning to all the sick and disabled of Florida. We are next!

- From the Empire Journal
Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer doggedly continued his resolve to execute neurologically disabled Terri Schindler-Schiavo Tuesday, denying a motion by her parents to orally feed the disabled woman after the removal of her gastric feeding tube March 18 as he has ordered.

Posted by richard at March 9, 2005 7:25 AM


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The article reached with your link "resolve to execute" has a correction posted as of this morning March 9, 2005:

"CORRECTION: Due To Erroneous Information To TEJ
Judge George Greer has not yet ruled on the issue of whether Terri Schiavo will be allowed to be given food and water orally if assisted feeding is removed March. 18. We regret this misinformation."

I think some rulings may be released this afternoon.

Posted by: Teresa at March 9, 2005 11:57 AM

The Empire Journal has posted a correction (Mar. 9). Judge Greer has not yet ruled on whether Terri's parents will be allowed to give her food and water after her tube is disconnected.

Posted by: Roz at March 9, 2005 1:01 PM

"do justice"

I'm praying daily that a lawyer/prosecutor, and or
a state supported advocate, and or family will bull-doggedly pursue criminal action against Mr. Schivo...That he will be behind barsimmediately.
How can our country be kept in such
ignorance as was Natzi Germany. How can we as a
nation fight in Iraq, and close our eyes to terror
from the circuit court bench? Why has not Mr. Schivo been agressively investigated and prosecuted?

Posted by: kay roberts at March 9, 2005 1:05 PM


Given the outrageous nature of Judge George Greer's rulings -- going so far as to forbid feeding Terri Schiavo by mouth -- is it possible to file a criminal complaint against him on grounds of attempted murder or solicitation thereof?

Could Terri's parents file a complaint with the local police or prosecutor, or -- ideally -- might the local prosecutor or the Florida attorney general's office throw politics and self-interest out the window and file charges?

If this could be pulled off, at least that might be grounds to get him removed from the case.

Posted by: James Freeman at March 9, 2005 1:21 PM