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February 23, 2005

Damocles' sword

We wait with prayers for the results of today's hearing scheduled before the infamous Judge George Greer, who dangles Terri Schiavo's life like a favorite toy. Yesterday Judge Greer continued the stay of Terri's murder until 5pm today, giving him time to pretend to consider the motions Terri's family's attorneys have filed.

There are a number of other legal motions already in process -- one of which dates back to 2002 and challenges Michael Schiavo's fitness as a guardian. In that case the court ordered Michael Schiavo to appear for a deposition with Gibbs in April.

Other motions and appeals have to do with whether Terri has received due process of law and appropriate representation in court, and whether her religious rights are being considered. Gibbs' firm still plans to file -- within the 90-days allowed -- an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the religious liberty issue, he said Monday.

A new motion Gibbs plans to put before Greer this week will ask that the court take into consideration new medical advances related to people formerly considered in a "Persistent Vegetative State" (PVS).

"It would certainly seem that Terri may not be in PVS, but may be in MCS, a minimally conscious state," Gibbs said.

He'll dismiss the motions, of course, but as is his usual habit, will more than likely continue the stay until appeals of his dismissal are exhausted.

Recent commentary about the case:

Terri Schiavo and the soul of America By Lisa Fabrizio
How Far We Have Fallen by Charles Reichley
Terri Schiavo counts: Now give her equal protection by Terence Jeffrey
Blogging for Terri

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 23, 2005 09:54 AM

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Comments

I've made myself sick over this "case." A case that need not be. I can't understand why so many people want to see her die. They don't love her. Terri's parents love her! She needs to be with them and this "Judge" is a disgrace.

I wouldn't be sad if Michael Schiavo disappeared. I really wouldn't. I've prayed for forgiviness concerning my hatred for him but I can't stand people who victimize those weaker than themselves.

Posted by: Donna at February 24, 2005 09:19 AM

He really is to be pitied. How can someone face himself when he pushes himself into the public as such a vermin?

Posted by: Jack at February 25, 2005 09:50 AM

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