Saturday, March 26, 2005

Media wanker of the day (so far)

Fla. Judge Nixes Schiavo Parents' Request

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer

"CLEARWATER, Fla. - A state judge on Saturday rejected another attempt by Terri Schiavo's parents to have her feeding tube reconnected, rejecting what the couple's lawyer described as their last chance to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer denied a motion filed Friday in which Bob and Mary Schindler claimed their daughter tried to say 'I want to live' just before her feeding tube was removed, saying 'AHHHHH' and 'WAAAAAAA' when asked to repeat the phrase.

Doctors have said Schiavo's past utterances were involuntary moans consistent with someone in a vegetative state.

David Gibbs III, the Schindlers' lead attorney, described the motion before Greer the couple's last legal option, saying the couple had ended their federal appeals less than a week after Congress passed an extraordinary law to let them take the case to federal court.

'There is nothing that can be brought back to the court federally that will in any way help Terri,' Gibbs said.

The Schindlers are still holding out hope for an unlikely intervention by Gov. Jeb Bush, who has said he has done everything in his power to take custody of Schiavo.

As of Saturday afternoon, Schiavo had been without food or water for eight full days, and doctors have said she would probably die within a week or two of her feeding tube being pulled.

Her lawyers, however, have said Schiavo — whose dehydrated body has begun to shut down — may not survive the weekend."

Um, Mr. Schneider? Gibbs, et al, are her parents' lawyers, not Ms. Schiavo's. Sort of an important distinction in this particular case, no?


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