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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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To: FL_engineer
Before anyone flames me, I have already concluded that the husband is the villain here, with the complicity of the courts. But who called the paramedics onto the scene in the first place? Did Michael mistakenly presume his wife was too far gone to survive, and attempt to cover his tracks by portraying the "concerned husband" and call the paramedics himself?
241 posted on 11/02/2003 10:06:44 PM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Hey, so what's the latest word around here? ;-)
242 posted on 11/02/2003 10:09:09 PM PST by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: No More Gore Anymore
I am very laid back and easy going until something arouses my passions, then I am hard-headed and tenacious. I am also open-minded about most things until I learn enough to take a stand, but once I take one, it is a complete waste of time to try and persuade me to change it. I am Dutch/Cherokee, by the way, and a redhead.
243 posted on 11/02/2003 10:12:44 PM PST by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: sfRummygirl
Oh just a bit of troll patrol, you will love the latest here.
244 posted on 11/02/2003 10:14:20 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Ping me an example....I'm ADD all over the place!!
245 posted on 11/02/2003 10:21:49 PM PST by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Did "Harv" reveal something about himself?
246 posted on 11/02/2003 10:25:02 PM PST by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: sfRummygirl
I think last count "harv" was gone and we gained a LisaRn, who has posted here on this thread . But it is the same ole same old with this crew. Same message. We must stop now , because we are really doing nothing to help the Bulemic Terri. These new posters are very concerned about her and want us to stop trying to save her because we are misguided about the brittle bone disorder caused by her severe eating disorder.

That is about it.....oh yeah according to these newbies the Schinlders are really dumb and have chosen a wack job docter and that is why the courts will not work withthem. I think one of them mentioned taht Felos is a genius.... So I have tried to bottom line if for you.....What do you think, should we throw in the towel?

247 posted on 11/02/2003 10:30:33 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: No More Gore Anymore
heh-heh-heh....oh, sure! We might as well give up. Right! Everyone go home! That's it! ;-)
Thank you for the troll update.
248 posted on 11/02/2003 10:35:36 PM PST by sfRummygirl (SAVE TERRI SHINDLER SCHIAVO...www.terrisfight.org)
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To: NautiNurse
Terri's PE 6/90 is at post 237 -- had you seen that yet?
249 posted on 11/02/2003 10:59:35 PM PST by cyn (http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: bjcintennessee
But who called the paramedics onto the scene in the first place? Did Michael mistakenly presume his wife was too far gone to survive, and attempt to cover his tracks by portraying the "concerned husband" and call the paramedics himself?

I don't have perfect info here, but Michael's story about the 'accident' changes significantly over time. He supposedly called others first, not 911. They talked him into calling 911.

As for pretending to be 'concerned hubby' - absolutely. What would any sleaze monster with a controlling compusive personality, and explosive temper do after nearly killing his wife and not wanting to go to jail?

250 posted on 11/03/2003 12:50:12 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
I meant 'compulsive' (Newsweek says he persued her INCESSANTLY in college)
251 posted on 11/03/2003 12:51:34 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: sweetliberty
Chris Matthew's Hardball debate: Wednesday, 29 Oct 2003

Matthews: We'll be right back to talk about the toughest case in the country right now... Mary Schiavo. Whether she should live or die.

.........news break was inserted

Matthews: The hardball debate tonight... Does Michael Schiavo have the right to remove a feeding tube, keeping his severly brain damaged wife alive? or should Governor Jeb Bush's order to KEEP her alive stand? Here's hardball coorespondent David Schuster.

[video clip of Terri sitting up and smiling, being kissed on the cheek by her mother]

Schuster: A week after Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was RE-inserted, thanks to Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida legislature sidestepping the courts...

[videoclip of smiling Gov.Bush]
[videoclip of Terri's vigil supporters cheering]

Schuster: the case has become more politically charged than ever.

[videoclip of GW]President Bush: Yes I believe my brother made the right decision...

Schuster: and among those CLOSEST to Terri Schiavo, the husband who was fighting in the courts to let her die, and the PARENTS who think her life can be restored...

[clips of Michael, clip of Schindlers and attorney]

Schuster: the charges and counter-charges have become DOWNRIGHT nasty.

(file footage of father)Bob Schindler: She had a NECK injury, and she ALSO had fractured ribs, and she had ahh, I think a broken PELVIS, So she was just, pretty well BEAT UP, according to the radiologist that read the bone scan. So... you can kind of ahh, you know, connect the dots, and draw your own conclusion...

(file footage) Michael Schiavo: He's ALWAYS wanted the money. He always wanted money out of this. He even testified in the first trial, that he was angry that he didn't get any money.

Schuster: Schiavo's father acknowledges he DID want part of the million dollar settlement, but ONLY to pay for his daughter's therapy.

(file footage)Schindler: I said to him, that you have the money now, you made the committments to our family, to Terri, AND to a jury that Terri would get therapy. And he declined. And he kept saying that, he's the husband, that he can do as he wishes...

Schuster: The husband says that therapy WAS attempted, and that Schiavo's family is USING her.

(file footage)Michael: Oh well THEY get money from the right