March 27, 2006
Religious Right 'Using Terri Schiavo'?Topics: Commentary
Diana Lynne takes California civil appellate attorney Jon Eisenberg apart in this column for his claim that Terri Schiavo was a tool to be used of the religion right.
It turns out a simple chronology of the case shows just the opposite:
Terri Schiavo was a tool to be used by the liberal left. The case began as a right-to-die case in 1996 when George Felos, a self-described crusader for the right to die, who boasts ties to the organization Choice in Dying - a 1992 reincarnation of the Euthanasia Society of America, according to New York corporate records - and who admits to having a "fascination with death and dying," and considers death to be a "profound mystical experience," was introduced to Michael Schiavo, who was living with a woman with whom he would father two children and ultimately marry after Terri's death.
Lynne's analysis of the money trail is even more interesting. Although Eisenberg points to pro-life financial support for attorneys representing the Schindlers, this likely amounts to a sum between $400,000 and $500,000.
However, the "paper trail" of the other side of the courtroom aisle reveals...
"of the $776,254 reported to have been in Terri Schiavo's medical-care trust fund on April 6, 1993 - which was money awarded by a jury sitting for a medical-malpractice claim Schiavo filed against two of Terri's physicians - the attorneys got $456,816, or 59 percent. The disbursements were as follows:You can read the rest of the article here.
For Jay at StoptheACLU: The America Civil Liberties Union of Florida was involved in the case on behalf of Michael Schiavo between 2003 and 2005.
Posted by tim at March 27, 2006 2:19 AM
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