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Professor Appointed to Probe Schiavo Case
Guardian Unlimited ^ | Nov 1, 2003 | Vickie Chachere

Posted on 10/31/2003 8:16:51 PM PST by Future Useless Eater

Professor Appointed to Probe Schiavo Case

Saturday November 1, 2003 1:01 AM

By VICKIE CHACHERE
Associated Press Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A judge appointed a University of South Florida professor on Friday to independently investigate the case of a severely brain-damaged woman at the center of a right-to-die battle.

Jay Wolfson, an expert on health care financing, will report to Gov. Jeb Bush and recommend whether the stay the governor enacted to keep Terri Schiavo alive should be allowed to remain.

Schiavo suffered severe brain damage when her heart stopped due to a chemical imbalance and has been in a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade. Doctors have said there is no hope for her recovery.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has fought to have her feeding tube removed, saying his wife did not want to be kept alive artificially.

Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, dispute that claim and have fought to keep their daughter alive, saying they believe she could be rehabilitated.

Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was removed for six days in October before the Florida Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush enacted a special law to have it reinserted. The law also required a guardian to be appointed.

George Felos, the attorney for Michael Schiavo, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed briefs this week challenging the constitutionality of the governor's action. The state is expected to respond on Monday.

The judge said that if the law is found to be unconstitutional, Wolfson is to cease his work.

The Schindlers had objected to Wolfson's appointment, claiming comments he made to a television station indicated he was biased against the newly enacted law. The judge said he found no evidence of bias.

Wolfson did not return calls seeking comment.

The judge ordered Wolfson to report to the governor in 30 days, but said the deadline could be extended if needed.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; felos; greer; pearse; schiavo; schindler; strangulation; terri; terrischiavo; wolfson
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It should not be forgotten that Terri already HAD a very pro-therapy Guardian Ad Litem, who was ignored and then dismissed!

Richard Pearse knows a lot and sided with Terri's family then Felos and Greer quashed the information illegally.

Pearse needs to be interviewed by Greta, Sean or Geraldo! He could really raise some red flags on this deal. Mr. and Mrs Schindler: you should ask him to join you if you are allowed equal time on LKL...

Richard L. Pearse Jr, Attorney at Law
Florida Bar No. 282723
Previous Guardian Ad Litem for Terri Schiavo

Part I
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Will PM you all my information on Richard Pearse Jr, the attorney that was appointed to be Guardian ad litem for Terri several years ago. Attorney Pearse, (he offices in Clearwater) who was recommended to the Court's by George Felos, wrote a 10 page brief for the Court after his independent evaluation and effectively sided with Terri's Family against Michael.


Felos then got Legally Blind Judge Greer to ignore the entire report and presentation by licensed Attorney Pearse! in the 2000 trial(1)


Attorney Pearse got pissed and told Greer either to let him do his job or be excused as Guardian ad litem. Greer excused Pearse on George Felos advice, and a new Guardian ad litem was NEVER reappointed for Terri, again at Felos recommendation to the Court.


Terri has gone for years without a Guardian ad litem to protect her interest against Michael and Felos and Legally Blind Judge Greer has allowed it! Attorney Pearse has to protect his license to practice law before the Florida Board and Attorney Pearse has to follow the law. That is why he asked to be excused from the case when Judge Greer was effectively letting George Felos act as Judge in this case, in my humble opinion! The whole thing is just one more giant sham in Judge Greer's court room and in this case, in my humble opinion.
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(1) It is reported, Judge Greer cannot legally drive a car because of his lack of eye sight for Goss sakes. How does the Judge read all these very detailed court offered documents, by expert witnesses, in order to render proper Judicial process and decisions. - NO, in order to make a Judicial decision to effectively execute a severly disabled person by starvation, in my humble opinion.

Part II (This is from a colleague)

I am on a short schedule today, but here is some of the information I pieced together, from a substantial amount received from another forum member for review, regarding Richard Pearse, Attorney at Law who was Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for Terri Schiavo at one time. Late tonight I will address all this information in full – Ed


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In Short - WHAT IS GOING ON HERE ?!:



Everyone is talking about a new appointed GAL, when the previous GAL's findings were totally ignored. What is this, a "fish until you win" venture on the part of George Felos and his client Michael Schiavo!?



GAL Richard L Pearse, Jr., Attorney at Law was suddenly dismissed after filing his report in which he stated that it was his opinion that:



(1). Michael Schiavo was not a suitable guardian due to his standing to gain financially and



(2). The possibility of rehabilitation for Terri was too great to advocate any kind of Exit Protocol.



George Felos is the one who asked for a GAL in the first place! Felos doesn't like what he hears so he gets Judge Greer, who is legally blind per news reports, to totally quash this experts testimony. THIS IS CRAZY!



ATTORNEY PEARSE NEEDS TO BE CONTACTED IMMEDIATELY – HE IS EASY TO CONTACT PER BELOW:



October 24, 2003 – News Article



An independent guardian has not served in the Schiavo case since 1999, when Clearwater attorney Richard Pearse Jr. issued a report recommending Michael Schiavo not be allowed to disconnect Terri Schiavo's feeding tube among a number of other matters.



PEARSE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW LAST WEEK HE MADE THAT DETERMINATION BECAUSE MICHAEL SCHIAVO STOOD TO BENEFIT FINANCIALLY FROM HIS WIFE'S DEATH BY INHERITING ABOUT $750,000 IN A MEDICAL TRUST FUND.



HERE'S SOME PIECED TOGETHER INFO: - Some information is repetitive



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RICHARD, L PEARSE, JR - FLORIDA ATTORNEY AT LAW,

GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOR TERRI SCHIAVO - AT ONE POINT IN THIS LITIGATION



In June 1998, soon after Michael asked the court for permission to remove Terri's feeding tube, the court appointed Richard L. Pearse, Jr. Attorney at Law as Terri's Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). Pearse's job was to investigate the facts of Terri's case and represent her interests in court. He issued a 10-page report in Dec. 1998 on his finding, and also in January 2000 testified on his findings before Judge Greer.



Ironically, at the beginning of the case in 1998, it was Attorney George Felos who requested an independent guardian for Terri Schiavo and recommended Richard Pearse Jr, Attorney at Law.



At a January 2000 trial, Pearse concluded that he had not found clear and convincing evidence that Terri would have rejected life support. He said she should be kept alive and questioned Michael's Schiavo's credibility.



Pearse urged in no uncertain terms that the petition for removing the feeding tube be denied. He made it clear that he did not believe Schiavo's sudden recollection of Terri's wishes.



Pearse stated "Regarding the pending petition filed by Mr.Michael Schiavo to withdraw the gastric feeding tube which sustains the ward (Terri), (ward = Terri throughout) Mr. Schiavo claims that the ward (Terri) told him after their marriage that she would not want to be kept alive artificially,"



Pearse wrote, "Mr. Schiavo indicated strongly to me (Attorney Pearse) that his petition to withdraw life support has nothing to do with the money held in the guardianship estate, which he would inherit upon the ward's (Terri's) death as her sole heir-in-law."



Pearce continued: "The only direct evidence probative of the issue of the ward's (Terri's) intent is Mr. Schiavo's hearsay testimony regarding removal the ward's feeding tube which would inevitably result in her death" However, his credibility is necessarily adversely affected by the obvious financial benefit to him in the event of her death while still married to him. Her death also permits him to "get on" with his life, as Mr. Schiavo stated during questioning."



Per Attorney Pearse's Report - "Since there is no corroborative evidence of the ward's (Terri's) intentions, and since the only witness claiming to have such evidence is the one person who will realize a direct and substantial financial benefit from the ward's death, the undersigned guardian ad litem is of the opinion that the evidence of the ward's (Terri's) intentions developed by the investigation, DOES NOT MEET THE CLEAR AND CONVINCING STANDARD."< In his report, Pearse said Michael Schiavo was not a credible witness to his wife's end-of-life wishes because he waited years before coming forward with the claim that she wanted to die. Pearse also noted that Michael Schiavo would benefit financially from her death and be able to "move on with his life" in Mr Schiavo's words.



Pearse stated that after Michael Schiavo received the malpractice settlement, "HE HAS A CHANGE OF HEART CONCERNING FURTHER TREATMENT OF HIS WIFE,". Pearse, noting that Schiavo would benefit financially if his wife died, recommended that the feeding tube remain.



That Michael Schiavo's attitude and actions changed as soon as the money from the malpractice suit was in the bank was not lost in Pearse's Expert Court Appointed Review. – (News Report Comment)



Per Attorney Pearse - "From that point forward, the ward's husband has isolated the ward from her parents, has on at least one occasion refused to consent for the ward to be treated for an infection, and, ultimately, four years later, has filed the instant petition for the withdrawal of life support on the basis of evidence apparently known only to him which could have been asserted at any time during the ward's illness," he said.



Attorney Pearse said he was "troubled by the fact that Michael waited until 1998 to petition to remove the feeding tube, even though he claims to have known her wishes all along, and that he waited until he won a malpractice suit based on a professed desire to take care of her into old age".



Pearse continued: As her husband, Michael would inherit what is left of her malpractice award, originally $700,000, which is held in a trust fund administered by the court. Accounting of the fund is sealed. BUT MICHAEL'S LAWYER, GEORGE FELOS, SAID MOST OF IT HAS BEEN SPENT ON LEGAL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CUSTODY DISPUTE.



Pearse also said he did not find Joan and Scott Schiavo's testimony credible.<<<<<<<<<<<<<



* * INTERESTING - By the time the case came to trial in Jan. 2000, Michael Schiavo had found two witnesses to corroborate his version of Terri's wishes: Scott Schiavo, his brother, and Joan Schiavo, a sister-in-law. When Pearse initially became involved in 1998 Michael had NO OTHER WITNESSES TO HIS STORY * * .



Pearse stated "One of the interesting and ironic aspects of this case is that all of the parties have portrayed themselves as representing her interests," he said. "It's always desirable that a person in Terri's position have an independent representative who has no particular interest in the case other than Terri." (THIS IS STANDARD JUDICIAL PROCEDURE IN CASES LIKE THIS – PARTICULARLY WITH THE LACK OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS. – Ed)



Pearse recommended that a guardian ad litem (not necessarily himself) be appointed to protect Terri's interests on a go-forward basis.



Charging Pearse was "biased", Felos promptly had Pearse removed as guardian ad litem. No one was appointed in his place by Judge Greer.



GEORGE FELOS RECOMMENDED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. FELOS DIDN'T LIKE WHAT THE EXPERT WITNESS ATTORNEY PEARSE HAD TO SAY, THEN HAD JUDGE GREER REMOVE PEARSE AND NULLIFY THIS EXPERT WITNESSES TESTIMONY – IS THIS DUE PROCESS AND PROPER ETHICAL STANDARDS REQUIRED OF A FLORIDA JUDGE ?! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE! - ED



Greer accepted their testimony as "creditable and reliable." .......(This is inferior to "clear and convincing" required in Attorney Pearse's expert report, and clearly would have been the prudent requirement under Florida Law for the Judge to require in these unusual circumstances - Ed.



Judge Greer also dismissed the criticism that "Michael Schiavo has not acted in good faith by waiting eight plus years" to file his petition. "THAT ASSERTION HARDLY SEEMS WORTHY OF COMMENT," GREER SAID.



GREER RULED IN MICHAEL SCHIAVO'S FAVOR.



Other Added Info:



Pearse stated in this report - "Since there is no corroborative evidence of the ward's (Terri's) intentions, and since the only witness claiming to have such evidence is the one person who will realize a direct and substantial financial benefit from the ward's death, the undersigned guardian ad litem is of the opinion that the evidence of the ward's intentions developed by the investigation, DOES NOT MEET THE CLEAR AND CONVINCING STANDARD."<< THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT LEGAL WORDS - ED



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The Schindlers had contacted a woman Michael dated in 1991 who told them Michael had confessed to her he did not know what Terri would want. Although the woman refused to sign an affidavit, it bought the Schindlers some time.



And with it, they found Trudy Capone.



A former co-worker of Michael's, Capone signed an affidavit on May 9, 2001, stating "Michael confided in me all the time about Terri ...He said to me many times that he had no idea what her wishes were."



Attorney Patricia Anderson, who began representing the Schindlers in 2001, said the failure to replace Pearse has hindered the parents' case because Michael Schiavo, as Terri's legal guardian, controls her medical care and even her visitors.



The parents' hands are tied in terms of what evidence they could present," she said, "because they didn't have access to Terri. They're not even permitted to know if she's been running a temperature. If a guardian ad litem had been appointed, it would have been a different story."


1 posted on 10/31/2003 8:16:52 PM PST by Future Useless Eater
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To: All
Thoughts on this please??? Isn't this the professor everyone is worried about? this doesnt sound good .....
2 posted on 10/31/2003 8:21:45 PM PST by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: sweetliberty; EternalVigilance; floriduh voter; tutstar; Canticle_of_Deborah; JulieRNR21; ...
(((ping)))
3 posted on 10/31/2003 8:25:00 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
This sounds like an attempt by another liberal judge to make an end-run around the legislation.

It says that this guy is supposed to investigate the case and then advise Jeb Bush. Bush can presumably ignore his advice, since it's not clear that this business has any legal force.

But a recommendation to kill Terri could, of course, be used by the media against Bush. They are already doing their best to undermine him on this.
4 posted on 10/31/2003 8:30:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: FL_engineer
If Terri is not to be killed, Bush and others had better get busy and pass some back-up legislation and make some flanking runs and attacks.
5 posted on 10/31/2003 8:55:45 PM PST by RLK
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To: FL_engineer
I would also like THIS, or some other investigator to examine Michael Schiavo's conflict of interest with regargd to MONEY.
6 posted on 10/31/2003 9:08:06 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
I'm not quite sure what Greer's "legally blind" status has to do with his morally blind rulings.
7 posted on 10/31/2003 9:32:10 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier.)
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To: Cicero
Undermine this!

Seriously, I am praying that Jay Wolfson and others involved here understand that compassion and love trump 'health care financing'. I pray that all concerned will look at this with fresh EYES and ears, minds and hearts.

"Promise you won't leave me, will you, Mommy?"

Terri is not in a coma -- degree of brain damage is unsure.

After the CA treatment, she was to have been taken to Shands, Gainesville for followup treatment -- this was not done. WHY was Michael allowed to make a 180º change in Terri’s treatment -- and WHY is it so strange that her family should want to return to that treatment plan?

From St. Petersburg Times...dated Feb. 17, 1991 (1 year after Terri's collapse.) -- article found by 4Godsoloved..Hegave:

This city has proclaimed today Terri Schiavo day. ...She underwent surgery, performed by Dr. Yoshio Hosobuchi of the University of California at San Francisco in December, to implant a stimulator in her brain.

The brain stimulator implant was a success, said her husband, Mike. Mrs. Schiavo is slowly emerging from the coma at the Mediplex Medical Center, a neurological care center in Bradenton, he said. She will undergo at least a year of speech, occupational and physical therapy.

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Miami Gardens Woman Has Been Caring for Comatose Daughter for 33 Years

"She always liked to be fussed with," Kaye says of her eldest daughter, who was 16 when she begged her mother: "Promise you won't leave me, will you, Mommy?" before losing consciousness in the hospital . . .

8 posted on 10/31/2003 9:43:15 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: floriduh voter; pc93; sweetliberty; phenn; FreepinforTerri; hitgroundrunnin2
PING -- FL engineer has some good questions (so do I & many others) . I hope this helps Terri.
9 posted on 10/31/2003 9:48:31 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: FL_engineer
Uh, why is this breaking news in the Guardian? Who had this information first and how did this reporter get the jump on it, if she did?
10 posted on 10/31/2003 9:50:06 PM PST by Aliska
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To: FL_engineer
A good and well-documented post.

Thank you for posting it.
11 posted on 10/31/2003 9:51:50 PM PST by Diddley (Even convicted murderers get an appeal, and a meal. [Save Terri!])
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To: Aliska
The Guardian called it breaking news. It is either that, or front page news in hundreds of papers.
MSNBC reported it this way...
Chris Matthews: ...but first the latest headlines, right now.

MSNBC RIGHT NOW


Witt: Hello everyone, I'm Alex Witt at half past the hour. Here are the headlines...

A severly brain-damaged Florida woman, kept alive by a feeding tube now has a court appointed guardian. The guardian will report to Governor Jeb Bush on the feasibility of Terri Schiavo being TAUGHT to swallow on her own. Schiavo's husband is challenging Terri's law which allowed the Governor to override a court order to remove her feeding tube.

12 posted on 10/31/2003 9:56:20 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
So we can assume that both parties couldn't come to an agreement and the court once again trampled on Schindlers' wishes?
13 posted on 10/31/2003 9:58:54 PM PST by Aliska
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To: mvpel
I'm not quite sure what Greer's "legally blind" status has to do with his morally blind rulings.

I might have agreed with you but Greer is said to have used his 'poor' eyesight many times as an excuse to not review videsos or other evidence from the family.

morally blind? ...oh come on now! You should study the record a little closer, and not just listen to the husband's lawyer's version.

14 posted on 10/31/2003 10:00:33 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: Aliska
yes. that was a certainty from day 1. The husband had no reason to negotiate with the family. He already knew whom the
courts planned to assign by default, and that guy was pro-death.
15 posted on 10/31/2003 10:03:34 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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Book mark
16 posted on 10/31/2003 10:06:42 PM PST by trussell (PRAYER WORKS!!)
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To: FL_engineer; syriacus; tutstar

WHAT HAS CHANGED since this photo was taken of Terri & Michael in 1990?? Has the greater St. Pete area forgotten that Terri used to look like this?

So Michael won his money, got his honey.

Why does the St. Pete Times not ask WHY Terri would be in WORSE shape today than she was 13 yrs ago?? (source: 1/25/00 story by Anita Kumar -- http://www.sptimes.com/News/012500/TampaBay/Deciding_the_fate_of_.shtml)

Yes, I'm shouting. Where's the logic here?

credit syriacus for finding this article. May our work have meaning and help for Terri -- but others have been working for years w/same frustrations. Why is justice so blind to Terri's parents all these years?

YEAH, Michael -- it took you FOUR HOURS to get this one good pxr of you and Terri to use in that 92 trial? RIGHT . . .

17 posted on 10/31/2003 10:09:09 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: jimrob
I don't understand what the problem is. I don't understand why this wasn't settled years ago; why we're all held captive by a bully and his friends. Terri should have been with her parents LONG ago.

What's so HARD about this? It doesn't even require a Solomon!

Take that "right to die" crap out of this NOW -- those who are really using Terri as a 'political football'.

God protect Terri and help us all. I thought other things were bad -- this is positively evil.
18 posted on 10/31/2003 10:16:49 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: cyn
Miami Gardens Woman Has Been Caring for Comatose Daughter for 33 Years

Thanks for pointing that out. Terri is even better off than Kaye O'Bara of Miami Gardens. Terry can already swallow her own secretions! She does so in videos.

But Kaye O'Bara has to occasionally have her mouth or nose suctioned out or else she would choke to death.

And Terry DOES exhibit signs of cognition. She does respond, and She can point to where she is hurting and say "PAI(n)".

There are even audio .mp3 files from 12 months ago, of her trying to speak with her father.

These are not available at the moment because the server where they are stored still thinks it is October. Could someone save those files ELSEWHERE as soon as they are back online? These files have been unavailable for days because they were too popular and the webpage containing them exceeded its monthly bandwidth!


clip1   clip2   clip3  

These are at   http://www.friendsofterri.org/audio.html
Actually it is the server at www.zimp.org that is still blocking the files.

19 posted on 10/31/2003 10:28:25 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
...oops, the Miami Gardens woman's name is Edwarda,
her MOTHER is Kaye O'Bara. Edwarda even has diabetes,
whereas Terri is in good health.
20 posted on 10/31/2003 10:32:34 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
from the above mentioned article http://www.sptimes.com/News/012500/TampaBay/:

"Her doctors never tested her blood or told her what was wrong, Mrs. Schindler said. >> No basic bloodwork, not a single tube? Unlikely -- is this really true? case went to trial...

On Feb. 25, 1990, Michael Schiavo woke up about 5 a.m. to use the bathroom. That's when he saw his wife fall on the floor. Her heart stopped beating and she was deprived of oxygen for five minutes before she was taken to the hospital. >> THIS DIFFERS from other accounts: "woke up to use bathroom"? "he saw"??

Terri Schiavo has not awakened since [? my eyes must be lying, then]..... Terri, meanwhile, has remained in a coma [someone needs to do some homework] through about 100 doctors visits and countless hospital and nursing homes stays. She breathes and sleeps, blinks and smiles.

It is my prayer that many, many people will see more facts about Terri's story. May hard hearts be softened and changed, including the lawyers, judges, doctors, and various experts. May more people come forward with info to help Terri. And may this nightmare finally come to a GOOD end.

21 posted on 10/31/2003 10:35:16 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: FL_engineer; floriduh voter
Right. This is so very wrong. Thanks for all your work on this.

It's really important for us to document and POST where our nuggets of info come from -- so others can confirm facts, put other info with it. I was getting boggled, trying to put URL w/snippets. Good night !

And good night, fv -- thinking of you all there, keeping you in my prayers -- take care.

22 posted on 10/31/2003 10:40:55 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: cyn; sweetliberty; floriduh voter; Republic
OMG. Look how responsive Terri is in that photo #17 from years ago.

I'm completely shocked, don't know how it's possible that anyone could look at that and not ask dozens of questions.

Have you all seen this photo?

Look how far she has fallen since that time.

This is so unjust I don't know what to say.

Poor Terri has languished for so long.
23 posted on 10/31/2003 10:53:07 PM PST by texasbluebell
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To: cyn
Bump - marking this thread...
24 posted on 10/31/2003 11:20:48 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (Happily repopulating the midwest since 1991!)
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To: sweetliberty
http://www.friendsofterri.org/ has short easy-to-read SUMMARIES of Terri's most compelling evidence.

My favorite: "THE EXAM"

Results of examination at Bayfront Medical Center/Medi-Plex Rehabilitation Center - Terri showing signs of responsiveness and improvement.

Patient is awake and her eyes are open. She is easily startled to her name or when the bedrail fell down ...(there is much more)

Her doctor even put a STAR NEXT TO THIS on her records:

Vocalizing when prone in P.T. Occasionally will say "STOP" to nursing during procedures.

25 posted on 10/31/2003 11:44:45 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer

= = = = = = = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Recent interviews/excerpts:
= = = = = = = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
"Hannity and Colmes" - Tuesday 10-14-03 --> (Terri's father) Bob Schindler: "MONEY and FOUL PLAY"

"On the Record with Greta" - Friday 10-24-03 --> Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden: "Potassium imbalance UNLIKELY - HEALTHY heart - NECK TRAUMA"

"At Large with Geraldo Rivera" Sunday 10-26-03 --> Florida AG Christopher Darden and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz: "You have eternity to be dead; You only have a limited amount of time to live"

"Hannity and Colmes" - Monday 10-27-03 --> (father) Bob Schindler and (neurologist) Dr. William Hammesfahr: "She absolutely CAN be rehabilitated -clearly NEVER had heart attack -Emergency room: damaged neck"

"On the Record with Greta" - Monday 10-27-03 --> (attorney) Pat Anderson: "BIG FIGHT -attempted STRANGULATION"

"On the Record with Greta" - Tuesday 10-28-03 --> (attorney) Pat Anderson and (brother) Bobby Schindler: "failing marriage -DIVORCE imminent -Potassium explained":


26 posted on 10/31/2003 11:54:04 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: Mrs Zip
ping
27 posted on 11/01/2003 12:04:13 AM PST by zip
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To: FL_engineer
Contact Info:

Ontherecord@foxnews.com -On the Record with Greta - Greta Van Susteren

Atlarge@foxnews.com - At Large with Geraldo Rivera

Hannity@foxnews.com - Hannity & Colmes - Sean Hannity

Speakout@foxnews.com general FoxNews forum - Thank them for having the best Terri Schiavo coverage of any news channel!

Oreilly@foxnews.com - The O'Reilly Factor - Bill O'Reilly
(Bill has so far been parroting CNN with drivel from the husband)

28 posted on 11/01/2003 12:43:30 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
Great Summary!

(May I use it up here in some letters or articles?)

Do we have a summary of the ways he has MISUSED/ABUSED his position as guardian to torment the family and Teri?

29 posted on 11/01/2003 2:03:17 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
yes, be my guest ... as for question #2, maybe someone else can
direct you better, but for starters try

http://www.friendsofterri.org

and

http://www.terrisfight.org/

30 posted on 11/01/2003 2:16:06 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
FL_engineer:

Your GAL Richard Pearse repost on this site is my post on another thread. Don't ever repost one of my investigative posts, or any other post, without proper credit. Do I make myself clear!

What kind of person are you stealing other peoples work!

31 posted on 11/01/2003 2:35:36 AM PST by saveterri1 (Clairty Leads To Power)
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To: FL_engineer
Who was the judge that appointed this guy? I know I sent a letter but I don't remember if I just sent it to the courts or if I had sent it to the judge.

MCD
32 posted on 11/01/2003 2:51:24 AM PST by MSCASEY
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To: MSCASEY
Chief Judge David Demers appointed Dr. Jay Wolfson. Read the order to appoint Wolfson here: http://terrisfight.org/downloads/appointment%20wolfson%20103103.pdf

Judge Demers wholeheartedly supports Judge George Greer, the judge who twice ordered Terri's starvation. Wolfson is an advocate for euthanasia and hospice. George Felos and Michael Schiavo approved of Wolfson's appointment.
33 posted on 11/01/2003 4:13:11 AM PST by amdgmary (Michael Schiavo on Larry King)
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To: FL_engineer
>>It is reported, Judge Greer cannot legally drive a car because of his lack of eye sight

Pull his tube! Pull his tube! He's useless to society!
34 posted on 11/01/2003 4:50:34 AM PST by deannadurbin
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To: FL_engineer
>>(Bill has so far been parroting CNN with drivel from the husband)

Bill is always defending the rights of defenseless little children who have been abused, why not a defenseless "child-like" grown person like Terri? There's no difference except numbers on a calendar.
35 posted on 11/01/2003 4:53:20 AM PST by deannadurbin
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To: pollywog
From all I've heard Wolfson is bad choice.
36 posted on 11/01/2003 5:19:33 AM PST by Dante3
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To: FL_engineer
They don't need an egghead. They need a cop.
37 posted on 11/01/2003 5:21:33 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: FL_engineer
Wasn't Wolfson once charged with attacking a woman? Is he any relation to Lester Wolfson?
38 posted on 11/01/2003 5:26:01 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Dante3
I agree with you.

I was under the impression that the law read that the GAL appointment must be agreeable to both sides.
39 posted on 11/01/2003 5:32:56 AM PST by sport
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To: FL_engineer
My question is, If he is an expert in the health care financing, why isn't he working in the field?

The ultimate end to this is, when one stops contributing to the government, wheather it is through illness, incapitation, unemployment, ot retirement, they are to be killed.

If Terri is allowed to be killed, it will move this forward at least 10 years.
40 posted on 11/01/2003 5:38:23 AM PST by sport
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To: sport
So bummed. Judge Greer is so cold and relentless is just breaks my heart.
41 posted on 11/01/2003 6:24:34 AM PST by Republic
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To: FL_engineer
Would it be a good idea to start flooding Jay Wolfson with what we know and indicating to him the professional people assciated with the Schindler case that are receiving the same email(?)...seeing their addresses in the CC section of emails to him, might increase his interest to actually read his emails from unknown people.

We could, maybe, at least start pricking the conscience of whomever we email.

And why not send Judge Greer and circuit Judge Demers the same info (?)....just in case.

If enough emails are sent...with addresses on them to Jeb Bush, Senator King,the judges, the professional associations involved with this case-the American Center for law and justice and the folks below, Attorney General Charlie Crist, and Executive Director of INvestigations, Jamie McLaughlin, etc.--who knows---knowledge can be a good thing! People suffer from the lack of it...

All of the addresses are found on various threads, mostly on the daily thread running about terri, but on other threads as well.

42 posted on 11/01/2003 6:31:10 AM PST by Republic
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To: Republic
Do you know when the Schindlers are scheduled to appear on LKL?

I have almost turned my mother (a nurse) around 180 on this. Since she listens to NPR and the mainstream media she thought that Terri was PVS, but since I have spent so long reading testimony to her and supplying the facts, she seems to have turned around.

I really want her to watch the interview on LKL with the parents.
43 posted on 11/01/2003 6:42:57 AM PST by diotima (DO NOT AGITATE THE AGITATOR)
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To: diotima
As I understand it-it is this coming Thurs. I will let ya know if I find out this had changed. Meanwhile-it would be so great if everyone wrote to Larry thanking him for the balance and suggesting brief background info with which he can challange the Schindler's--it will HELP them to get their deeply moving and intense struggle out to the world!

The new guardian is alarming---see post below found on Terri's fight (daily thread/updates):

larry.king.live3@turner.com

THE POST:

Jay Wolfson, Dr.P.H., J.D
Environmental and Occupational Health
Degrees:
B.A., History,University of Illinois, Chicago 1973
M.A., History, New York University, 1974
M.P.H., Community Health Administration,
Indiana University, Bloomington 1975
Dr. P.H., Health Services Organizations,
University of Texas, Houston 1981
J.D., Law, Stetson University College of Law 1993

Wolfson the Guardian Ad Litium (sp?) is not even an M.D. a Medical Doctor M.P.H is Masters Degree in Public Health, the "administration" of health His P.h.D is again aobut healthcare Organizations, and then he is a Lawyer. This is the guy who is going to determin if Terri can be re-habilitated? This is a guy who makes his living by being published. in acedemia it is publish or perish.

If we all get on this we should be able to come up with some pre-disposition on his part. Just Google his name. I will work up this link - http://hsc.usf.edu/publichealth/eoh/jwolfson/ My father is an M.P.H [side joke. I was a little kid when my dad got his M.P.H. from Berkley, and everytime we would see a speed limit sigh=n 35MPH we would shout out Masters of Public Health!!] My dad recently ws awarded the equivenent of the "Lifetime Achievment Award" from the American Public Health Association, I'm sure you have all heard of it.

My dad was President of the APHA etc. So you can imagine my surproise when I looked at Wolfson's credentials and I'm sitting here realizing that his credentials on the face of it are not at all suited to the Gaurdian Ad Litim (again sp) responsibilites. I don't know about you but I just assumed he was an M.D.

I am with others who strongly feel that the money is the key. It was what brought down Nixon. Ben Bradley said "follow the money" and that is what I think we should be doing. I doubt if Wolfson has a money connection, but those other doctors and the Judges.

Oh another thing, why did the judge pick Wolfson? My dad was again a Nationally recognized consultant after he retired, actually he did a LOT of work in Florida, and he got his jobs by referral. Judges don't spend a lot of time to research and find the "best" candidates as the "exerts". They makse a few phone calls and it is who you know. Somehow there is a connection between the Judge who selected Wolfson and the Judge.

Sorry to brag so much about my dad but when I saw the M.P.H. I thought my personal background would have value. I'm going to work on Jay and I hope others follow. If we can find bias we need to dig theat up and sent it to Terri's lawyer. This could be used in an appeal. The guy isn't even an M.D. for crying out loud.

Just go to Google and typ in his name. Again I am already covering http://hsc.usf.edu/publichealth/eoh/jwolfson/

550 posted on 11/01/2003 12:51 AM CST by Lone Voice in the hinterlands
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This was posted on the Terrri's fight-(daily thread/update) on the forum boards at FreeRepublic.com

44 posted on 11/01/2003 6:59:14 AM PST by Republic
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To: Republic
Thanks, I did see that information about the GAL. I wonder if the Schindlers will be able to get rid of this guy the way Schiavo and Felos got rid of the original GAL once it was clear he wasn't goosestepping in the culture of death march.

I hope the Schindlers on LKL helps the public mobilize in their favor.
45 posted on 11/01/2003 7:04:42 AM PST by diotima (DO NOT AGITATE THE AGITATOR)
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To: cyn
The brain stimulator implant was a success, said her husband, Mike. Mrs. Schiavo is slowly emerging from the coma at the Mediplex Medical Center, a neurological care center in Bradenton, he said. She will undergo at least a year of speech, occupational and physical therapy.

OMG. This statement is in blatant contradiction with his televised statement on LKL concerning this treatment. The family needs to bring this up to LK's attention next week when they are on. They need to have the transcript from Schiavo's interview then refute his statement using this article. I am not surprised that he is lying but just can't fathom how he thought that there wouldn't be people out here that are interested in the truth.

46 posted on 11/01/2003 7:17:11 AM PST by PleaseNoMore
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To: FL_engineer; cyn
Counting on you guys to get this info to Jay Wolfson!
47 posted on 11/01/2003 7:26:34 AM PST by demkicker
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To: saveterri1
I have been looking for the source of GAL Pearse's full report. Can you point me to that please?
48 posted on 11/01/2003 7:49:34 AM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope." - Terri Schiavo)
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To: diotima
Me to girl, me too!
49 posted on 11/01/2003 7:56:42 AM PST by Republic
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To: FL_engineer
Schiavo suffered severe brain damage when her heart stopped due to a chemical imbalance and has been in a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade. Doctors have said there is no hope for her recovery.

According to another healthcare professional, specializing in cognitive speech pathology, she is not in a PVS state and is a good candidate for improvement with rehab.

Pathologist's statement in Terri Schiavo case

5. Based on my experience and my observations, Mrs. Schiavo is clearly aware of her environment and interacts with it, albeit inconsistently. She is able to comprehend spoken language, and can, at least inconsistently, follow simple one-step commands. This is documented both in the MediPlex records and in the following behaviors noted in the following video segments:

10. It is not my opinion that Mrs. Schiavo is in a coma or in a persistent vegetative state. In my opinion, she exhibits purposeful though inconsistent reactions to her environment, particularly her family. Her eye movements, easily observed on the videotape, are particularly suggestive that she recognized family members and responded. She also appeared to have sufficient sustained attention to track a balloon. It is not my opinion that these behaviors are merely reflexive. The entire range of behaviors listed above, and each and every one of them, are inconsistent with a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state.

14. It is my judgement based on my training and clinical experience working with patients similar to Terri that she would, within a reasonable degree of clinical probability, be able to improve her ability to interact with her environment, communicate with others, and control her environment if she were given appropriate therapy and training as outlined above. These recommendations, in my opinion, would greatly improve Terri's quality of life.

This was taken from an affadavit given by Sara Green Mele, MS, CCC-SLP. The first three paragraphs give an overview of her experience and qualifications.

50 posted on 11/01/2003 8:11:45 AM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope." - Terri Schiavo)
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