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Terri Schiavo Legal Question

(This isn't about whether anyone is right or wrong, it's a question about state and federal law.)

How long can the parents (and those funding their legal team) of Terri Schiavo keep on appealing before the law says that they have run out of possibilities?
Permalink Yoey 
March 25th, 2005
I don't know, but I think it's Real Soon Now.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 25th, 2005
1. Until a judge holds them in contempt of court.
2. Until the money runs out.
3. Until nature takes it course.
Permalink moron 
March 25th, 2005
Supreme Court, I suppose.

Anyone want to fill me in on what this Terry Schiavo person has done?
Permalink Flasher T 
March 25th, 2005
They lived, they got sick, they died in the head but the rest of the body keeps going.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 25th, 2005
Flasher T: assuming you're not just trolling here:

Terri had a heart attack 15 years ago (brought on by Bulimia, I have heard) and suffered oxygen deprivation to her brain. Ever since, she's been in a hospital (or hospice) bed, breathing on her own, being fed intravenously (as I understand it).

If you listen to her family, she has severe brain damage. If you listen to her husband and doctors, she is brain dead. Her body 'wakes-up' and she opens her eyes, looks around, responds to vocal stimuli. But nobody is home. I haven't heard any evidence about EEG's yet.

So her husband (who one a million dollars 15 years ago through a malpractice suite for Terri) wants to pull the feeding tube. Her parents have been fighting this for 15 years. Last weekend the US Congress called a special session just to pass a law that her case had to be re-heard. Mr. Bush came back from Crawford Texas at midnight Palm Sunday just to sign it at 1:00 AM 3/21/2005.

There's been over 20 court cases, all of which said she should be disconnected, yet her family wants to keep her alive. The Religious Right has been a large part of their funding, saying that Terri is similar to unborn children, and part of their anti-abortion rights agenda.

That's who Terri is.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 25th, 2005
Actually, Terri's husband and parents worked together for a few years in hopes to find a cure for her. After several years her husband came to his current conclusion and thus the legal battles ensued.
Permalink Yoey 
March 25th, 2005
Ah, OK, I see.
Permalink Flasher T 
March 25th, 2005
Since the court system got to the point where it would no longer tolerate procedural delaying tactics on the part of the parents, not long now. Terri has, at most, a week to live, and their increasingle desperate appeals are being shot down faster and faster.

In fact, the whole justification for the federal judge knifing the baby early on was just that the federal system won't permit itself to be procedurally abused--thus the standard that a case must have a reasonable chance to succeed before immediate injunctive relief is permitted.
Permalink Justin Johnson 
March 25th, 2005
A little while ago the Florida Supreme Court said "What part of 'no' don't you understand?"

I suspect once Terri passes away the next round will be lawsuits against the hospital for wrongful death. [sigh]

Philo
Permalink Philo 
March 26th, 2005
i was wondering if terri is eligable for a divorce as she cannt speak for herself and her guardian would obviously be a conflict as that is whom she would be devorcing . as this man has admitted in public that he has committed adultery are you aloud to have two wives as he tell all he has had relationship for 10 years. does she have any rights in this matter to obtain a divorce lawyer to become her guardian while she has a divorce. for i know of no other woman who would remain in such a relationship .would courts not be her voice?
Permalink linda drybrough 
March 30th, 2005

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