Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Bad Guys are Winning

From UPI:

The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland denied Bob and Mary Schindler's motion to delay an order that is now set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. That order is expected to allow Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, to remove the feeding tube.

The Schindlers are asking Pinellas Circuit Judge George. Greer for a stay to allow them to appeal to higher courts, but he said he couldn't deal with the request until Wednesday afternoon.

David Gibbs, attorney for the Schindlers, said he hoped the tube would not be removed until Greer rules Wednesday. George Felos, the attorney for Michael Schiavo, would only say it would be possible to remove the tube late Tuesday.

Schiavo, 40, collapsed from a chemical imbalance 15 years ago and suffered brain damage.

Courts have consistently ruled Schiavo is in a permanent vegetative state. Michael Schiavo has testified his wife had told him that if she became dependent on artificial devices, she would want them removed.

The Schindlers don't believe she ever made that request.

UPDATE: Terri Schiavo is granted ONE DAY of reprieve:

Judge Greer Issues Temporary Stay till 5:00 pm tomorrow!

Attorneys for the Schindlers have just been notified that Judge Greer has granted their Emergency Motion for a Temporary Stay. The new Stay will hold over until after tomorrow's hearing and by its terms will remain in effect until 5:00 pm, February 23.

2nd DCA Issues MANDATE Without Further Instructions
As expected, the 2nd District Court of Appeals issued its Mandate this afternoon at 1:00. The stay protecting Terri's life has now expired by its own terms. A motion for a new stay is set to be heard by Judge Greer tomorrow at 2:45. [more]

Attorneys for the Schindlers have been advised that Judge Greer is in possession of the 2nd DCA's Mandate and their Emergency Motion for a Temporary Stay, and that he intends to rule on that motion this afternoon as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Terri is being fed. Her family is with her and she is doing well.

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