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March 23, 2006

Schiavo Interview Stirs Controversy

Topics: Commentary

In a startling revelation, Terri Schaivo's ex-husband Michael admitted in an interview that his new book Terri: The Truth was written to "settle some scores" with Terri's family rather than honor the memory of the woman at the center of a national euthanasia battle. - LifeNews

The MSNBC interview the article is based upon is found here.

Quite frankly, I don't find the revelation startling at all. It seems rather consistent with prior testimony Schiavo gave during a 1999 depostion:

Q. Have you considered turning the guardianship over to Mr. and Mrs. Schindler?

SCHIAVO: No, I have not.

Q. And why?

SCHIAVO: I think that's pretty self explanatory.

Q. I'd like to hear your answer.

SCHIAVO: Basically I don't want to do it.

Q. And why don't you want to do it?

SCHIAVO: Because they put me through pretty much h*** the last few years.

Q. And can you describe what you mean by h***?

SCHIAVO: The litigations they put me through.

Q. Any other specifics besides the litigation?

SCHIAVO: Just their attitude towards me because of the litigations. There is no other reason. I'm Terri's husband and I will remain guardian.

What I find remarkable is his assertion that an affair (he actually had multiple) while staying married to Terri was somehow honorable:
Lauer: People have often asked. Michael why didn't you divorce Terri, you were living with Jodi.

Michael Schiavo: Why do I have to divorce Terri? Terri wasn't like a football-- an inanimate object you pass back and forth. She was my wife. You mean because your wife gets sick, do you give her back?

Jodi Schiavo: I would think so much less of Michael had he walked away from her. That is one of the qualities in him that I so admire. That up against everything...he stuck by her...

An appeal to sentimentally as a justification for adultery? Yet, this didn't stop Michael's legal representative, George Felos, at the expense of Terri's medical fund, from likening Terri to a "houseplant".

I've had enough of Michael Schiavo and tire of speculation regarding what he did or did not do. His alleged hidden agenda pales in comparison to the events (Terri's dehdration and death) that are publicly known.

Posted by tim at March 23, 2006 12:10 PM

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I'm surprised anyone in the media would even call him on that. Little Mikey is still livin' in a world of his own...

Posted by: thedegu [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 26, 2006 11:43 PM

He is so weird, he has an affair but doesnt divorce Terri because you don't just give her back? LIke who was he to "give" her? He seems to forget that she was her own person, there was nothing to give back, he should have just divorced her like any other man moving on with another woman.

Posted by: Carmel at March 29, 2006 3:20 PM