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April 28, 2006

Family of Terri Schiavo Expresses Alarm at Actions of Judge

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Judge George Greer to Discuss Schiavo Case at University of Pennsylvania Bioethics Conference.

The surviving family of Terri Schiavo, the disabled Florida woman who died in 2005 of marked dehydration, are expressing their alarm at the participation of Circuit George W. Greer at the University of Pennsylvania's 10th Anniversary Symposium at the Center for Bioethics.

The symposium, titled The Legacy of the Teri Schiavo Case: Why is it so hard to die in America runs April 30th and May 1st with speakers to include Michael Schiavo, Dr. Jay Wolfson, Dr. Ronald Cranford and presiding Florida Circuit Judge George W. Greer.

Bobby Schindler, Terri's brother and advocate with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation Center for Health Care Ethics, will be protesting Judge Geer's presence on the panel, 10:30 am, Monday, May 1 outside of the University of Pennsylvania's Biomedical Research Building.

"Judge Geer's presence at the University of Pennsylvania's bioethics conference is not only outright offensive and inappropriate but it is indicative of his own biases against the disabled, and may well be in violation of Florida's judicial canons as prescribed by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida," says Schindler.

"We are entitled to a fair and unbiased judiciary. Judge Greer is confirming exactly what my family has maintained from the beginning of Terri's case - that he has a disposition against the vulnerable people whose cases he controls.

"Judges are duty-bound to be an unbiased, fair finder of fact, not an advocate of the 'right-to-die' movement. Judge Geer is not retired. He is a seated judge who still hears guardianship and life/death cases in the probate court. Do you want him sitting in judgment of you or your loved ones' life?"

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Posted by tim at April 28, 2006 12:46 PM

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