Skip to comments.Judge George Greer: Tyrant on the Bench
Posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:11 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Florida Probate Judge George Greer has taken judicial supremacy to new abuses in ordering the starvation of an innocent woman against the will of her parents, her brother, her church, thousands of volunteers, and, as far as we know, herself. We wouldn't permit anyone to treat a dog this way.
Judge Greer not only ordered the cruel withholding of food and water from defenseless Terri Schiavo, he also set in motion the arrests of many Good Samaritans attempting to bring her sustenance. The television pictures of armed police barring people from attempting to take her food or water were shocking.
For seven years, this single judge has ruled like a dictator over Terri, determined to ensure her death. In 2001, he reportedly said from the bench, "The law of this case is that she will die."
Five times he was asked to recuse himself from the case, and five times he refused. He also denied requests, based on numerous affidavits, to allow a recent medical examination of Terri that would take advantage of improvements in medical technology.
Judge Greer's own pastor recently felt compelled to write, "It would seem the logical and, I would say, Biblical course" for Judge Greer to withdraw from the congregation, and he did.
Florida has term limits applying to its legislators and governor, but nothing to curb Judge Greer's obsession and power to terminate Terri's life. It is long overdue to pass term limits for how long a single judge can preside tyrannically over one case.
Those who insist that the government should stay out of the Schiavo case can direct their ire at Judge Greer, who has forced Terri to die of thirst. If the government stayed out of this case, then Terri would be receiving food and water from her parents and others.
Judge Greer advances the "right-to-die" cause of attorney George Felos, who publicly pretends that Terri's "death process" has been peaceful. But videotaping of Terri in her final days was forbidden, in order to conceal from the public how barbaric this process really is.
By fiat, Judge Greer declared that he had "clear and convincing" evidence that Terri would want to be starved to death rather than provided good medical care. That preposterous claim relies on assertions made by her husband's family after he hooked up with another woman, and many years after husband Michael testified to a jury that she needed a large award to provide for her life-long care.
According to Terri's brother, Michael told three different accounts of Terri's original collapse that caused her unusual condition at age 26, and that a bone scan showed broken bones indicating possible abuse. Yet Florida authorities have steadfastly refused to fully investigate, bring charges, or even act to preserve evidence.
Perhaps the movie Million Dollar Baby, so praised by the critics, was meant to prepare the public to accept euthanasia. But smart moviegoers evidently did not like its message and it did far worse at the box-office than is typical for a "best picture" winner.
Jack Kevorkian is serving a long prison sentence for assisting the death of a patient. Yet Judge Greer has perverted the judicial function just as surely as Kevorkian perverted the medical function.
Michigan had the good sense to prosecute Kevorkian. Where is the Florida prosecutor? Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist is busy campaigning to become the next governor of Florida.
In California, the Democratic Attorney General personally intervened in the Laci Peterson case to ensure that her killer was brought to justice. But even Scott Peterson benefited from a full jury trial before being sentenced to death, and he will still enjoy numerous appeals and years of delay. Terri Schiavo was ordered to die by one man who served as judge, jury and executioner.
This is judicial arrogance at its ugliest. The public should reject the myth that supremacist judges can override the governor, the legislature, Congress, the president, common sense, and even the right to life, and use armed police to protect judicial supremacy.
The Terri Schiavo case has blanketed the news for several weeks, but there are two usually noisy factions we haven't heard from.
Where are the feminists who are forever whining about abusive husbands? Why are they mute about a husband conniving with a lawyer and a judge to kill his wife?
There is also a thundering silence coming from the people who have been so confidently predicting miracle cures of brain and spinal cord damage by the use of stem cells. Can't Terri be fed for a few more months or years so she can try one of these promised cures?
As this drama played out over Easter weekend, we were reminded of Pontius Pilate washing his hands and putting politics above injustice. Pilate would have been popular in polls of his time, but history has rendered a different verdict.
Greer, Felos, and Michael Schiavo will look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives waiting for karma. Unfortunately, Greer will do it with taxpayer-provided security unless he is removed from office. Not advocating violence, just noting that there are alot of friends and family members of Terri who would have motive, means, and opportunity to extract revenge. Doubt there would be a jury who would convict them for it either.
I believe the horrific facts of this murder will not fade away from the thoughts of rational people, religious or not.
The long range impact will hopefully be to make some positive changes to the entire legal system which, since WWII, is the primary reason our common hereitage is being destroyed.
This group has zero credibility, not any, none.
You're right. Too many facts about this case are out in the public this time. It took years for the public to learn that Roe v. Wade was based on a lie-- there was no rape..even now, the majority of the public don't know that "Jane Roe" has recanted her testimony and is working hard to overturn the travesty associated with her name.
This time, we know the real person,we know her name, Terri's family has touched us with their pleas. We will never forget a mother, father, brother & sister begging to give their little girl a sip of water while being forced to watch her die of thirst.
Not to worry, this has everyone in an uproar concerning judges like him. Bet judges like him wont be on the bench for to much longer.
Would that grim Greer had followed logic and the Bible in other areas of his life.
Terry is a martyr to our tyrannical judiciary. We MUST do something before you or I might be the next one to be killed by these dictators!
If they could read my mind, they would surely be coming after me :(
Terry is a MARTYR, period. By the criteria of the Roman Catholic Church, she may be a candidate for Canonization (sainthood)
1. She died a Catholic, a daughter of the Church.
2. A miracle preceded her death: She lived FOURTEEN days without food or water; that is unheard of.
3. She was tortured to death, much as St. Agnes, among others
4. She died not for all of our sins as our Savior did, but to save mankind from one particular sin, the sin of callousness, of cruelty.
Electing more Republicans is not the solution. Greer is a Republican. A radical overhaul of state and Federal judiciaries is necessary. The legislative and executive branches of government should become involved when a judge's decision will cause the termination of a human life. The same consideration is given to those sentenced to capital punishment, as governors have the power to commute death sentences in most states. Furthermore, the power of judicial review of legislation must be subject to override by the legislatures and Congress. All judges must be subject to term limits of six years, with the judge barred from serving in a judicial role for a minimum of six years. The U.S. Constitution must be amended to require popular election of judges, either nationwide for the Supreme Court or within the district or circuit where the justice will preside. Another amendment would prohibit any Federal judge from interpreting the U.S. Constitution on any basis other than original intent, on pain of impeachment.
Judicial tyranny must end.
I almost forgot. Another miracle. Since her illness, she lived for FIFTEEN years without sin! Who among us can claim that? One of the many tragedies of the present Popes illness is that it may be quite some time before Terris sainthood can be considered. No matter. She is in eternity now, and has all the time in the world.
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