Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Kind of News that Gives One a Sick Feeling in the Pit of the Stomach

Courtesy of Michelle Malkin: has the latest development, and it's bad news for Terri Schiavo, her family, and supporters:

Washington, DC ( -- The judge in the Terri Schiavo case has ruled that a Florida state agency can't investigate the thirty allegations of abuse and neglect it says have come at the hand of Terri's estranged Michael. The Florida Department of Children and Families hoped to delay Terri's starvation death for 60 days to look into the concerns.

Circuit Court Judge George Greer claimed the request from DCF "appears to be brought for the purpose of circumventing the court's final judgment ... in violation of the separation of powers doctrine."

After hearing testimony about the charges of abuse yesterday, Greer told DCF officials, "All of the things (the witness) ticked off ... were all issues that have been in open court in front of the media and in the court files which the media has access to."

Yesterday, Department of Children and Families supervisor Susan McPhee told Judge Greer that Michael has denied her medical treatment and isolated her in her hospice room with the blinds closed and prevented her from going outdoors.

Those are just some of the "30 detailed allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation" the agency received in a 34-page document in February.

"This is a heightened situation because we are talking about the life of Terri Schiavo," DCF attorney Kelly McKibbe told Greer Wednesday.

Read the rest here.

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