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March 25, 2005

“American Family Raped by Judicial Corruption”

From Cheryl Ford via email:

March 25, 2005

American Family Raped by Judicial Corruption 
By Cheryl Ford RN

These last several evenings, I have been sitting in a small thrift store located directly across from Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida. A few weeks back, the local owner decided to temporarily close her thrift store business to the public. Her kindness and compassion for Terri's tragic situation led her to create a small makeshift gathering area inside her little store. This little space is where the Schindlers and close friends now find solace from the crowds and media while Terri lies dying from starvation and dehydration.

During these past two years, I have been watching the Schindlers' anguish as they ventured down every legal avenue to save their daughters life. I have witnessed a family whose expressions resembled the faces depicted in old photos of parents who stood petrified and helpless, as their children were torn from their arms in Nazi, Germany. I've watched the Schindlers' cry, plead and beg the Government to look into the inhumane execution of their daughters life. Once again, with a race against time, and for the second time in two years, I feel helpless as a nurse and their friend. I see the pain in their eyes when they look at me with desperation asking silently how much time their daughter has remaining without food and water. 

Two nights ago, Terri's mother Mary, worn and extremely tired, looked at me with tears in her eyes and asked, "What am I going to do Cheryl, I am watching them kill my daughter and I am not allowed to help her?" We both cried. Her words barely audible as she desperately described Terri laying in her bed inside the death camp across the narrow street, "I love my daughter, she wasn't dying last Thursday, but she is dying now." Mary tired and numb continued...... "She responds to me, she smiles at me, we love each other, but her eyes are sinking in now and her face is beginning to show signs she is starving and is thirsty." Mary cried out......"Please, this is America, who can we get to help stop my daughters inhumane death?" 

Bobby, Terri's brother emotionally and physically drained after numerous sleepless nights from traveling to meet with Senators in Washington DC, pleading for his sisters life, held his head in his hands. He exclaimed... "What am I going to do, I cannot believe this is happening to my sister; how can this be happening in America?" 
Bobby paced the floor while vocalizing how his worst fears had become a reality......"She looks like a holocaust victim, how can we as a civilized society allow this to happen to any human being?"

The shock of knowing that no more than 300 yards from me laid a young, healthy woman who was dying from starvation only because of the actions inflicted upon her by her estranged spouse due to his mission to see her dead, was almost more than I could bare. Yes, Terri would die because of the initial decisions that had been made by one local probate judge many years back when Michael Schiavo entered as hearsay evidence to his court, Terri had wanted to die. The very notion that this could be happening in a country that delivers a message of freedom, liberty and justice, is unfathomable. What was I missing here? Had I been disillusioned into thinking I was actually standing on American soil, as I stood watching a 10 year old little boy arrested, handcuffed, and then placed into the back of a paddy wagon for attempting to bring water into a woman who he knew was being starved and dehydrated? 

Today, Terri is on her 7th day without food and water. Her family is again forced to sit and watch the life sucked out of her. They know very basic nutrition and water could refuel her life. However, they are watched by police and forbidden to give her even a drop of water as her lips dry and crack and she looks to her mother; a loving mother who provided her with nourishment from the time of conception. 

After witnessing Terri's tragic situation with my own eyes and ears over these last two years, I have come away knowing America will never be the same for me. As we rallied on the streets for Terri in order to gain attention to her story, telling of the judicial tyranny here in Florida, we have been called names by people who have not a clue what is happening to Terri, let alone how her death will someday soon effect this nation. Sadly, many will never question the truth about what really happened to Terri Schiavo until they someday find themselves in her situation. When she dies it will not be a matter of "if" this will happen to many others, it will be a matter of "when" it will happen. 

For any government official to not become involved in this judicial corruption and homicide, but instead choose to hide behind the notion they cannot become involved because of this being a family dispute, only shows the ignorance behind the leaders in our country. Terri's death is not about "conservatives" "radicals" "religious zealots" "Democrats" "Republican's" "family disputes" or gains for political advancements. It is about local, judicial corruption, a woman whose wishes were never in writing, and a man who has used his authority as her so-called spouse (despite his engagement to another woman) to see her dead! He has used the legal system and its corruption to his criminal advantage. When will people awaken to the real issues at hand here?

Our Governor now says he cannot go beyond the scope of his power. But, he always had the power to act, under Florida's laws. Is this a message to us all that one corrupt judge and one estranged spouse who potentially placed Terri in this situation, controls our Government?

In addition, we must remember that from the time of our conception we have needed a source of nutrition in order to survive. When we allow judges to intentionally remove our basic nutritional elements from healthy human beings so to terminate life, we soon will face our own extinction. 

For many years, I had wondered to myself, how did they get away with marching all those innocent people into the gas chambers; why did no one stand up and try to stop them? I now have a clearer understanding how it was accomplished! 


About the Author: Cheryl Ford is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Washington. She is the founder and CEO of her own company which assists in the financial, social and clinical assessment and placement of patients requiring a wide range of skilled medical treatment to over 450 licensed Adult Family Homes. The licensed Adult Family homes are owned and operated by physicians and nurses. While also maintaining another residence and an additional business in the state of Florida, her involvement as an activist in the Terri Schiavo case has arisen as a concerned citizen, as well as from the many years of knowledge she possesses as a Clinical Case Manager, licensed Registered Nurse and former firefighter/paramedic. 

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Terri Schiavo update

From Cheryl Ford via email:

March 25, 2005
1:00 PM ET
Despite the hundreds of pieces of evidence from nurses, physicians, speech pathologists, physical therapists, attorneys, the DCF, along with more recent statements made by:
  • Expert/specialist  Dr. George Eddington McClane, M.D. Director
    Forensic Medical Unit Department of the Family Justice Center City of San Diego, stating in writing..  " Terri Schiavo's condition is consistent with attempted strangulation.  Her healthy heart functioning for the last 14 years is not consistent with a "heart attack from an eating disorder" having ever occurred.  Disallowing replacement of the feeding tube in this woman is homicide. Critical facts in plain view must have time to be reviewed.  This can be accomplished in 7 days. " 
  • Evidence showing how Terri was fraudulently admitted into a hospice facility by Dr. Victor Gambone in April 2000,  admitting in a 2002 evidentiary hearing Terri was placed in into a hospice because Michael Schiavo told him to do so; 
  • Evidence how Victor Gambone and Medical Director William Moore had signed and written on Terri's chart in 4/11/2000 -- "based on the patient's diagnosis and current condition, I expect this patient has a limited life expectancy of (six) months or less, if disease  continues to take its usual course, and hereby certify patient as eligible for hospice" ..Yet Terri was NOT and NEVER was terminal or diagnosed with any DISEASE giving her 6 months or less to live...
  • Despite Evidence that Terri's so called "wishes "  were only hearsay and not written testimony of them by her estranged husband was never Admissible under Florida's evidence code under FS 90.602.   
  • Despite the fact that Michael testified that he found Terri face down and rolled her over, yet Paramedics (according to St. Petersburg Police Report) found her face down.
  • Despite Evidence from NOBEL PRIZE nominee Dr. William Hammesfahr,  expert neurologist giving a complete review of his extensive hands on exam of Terri. 
  • Despite evidence that Michael Schiavo announced his engagement to Jodi Centonze and made two children with her, clearly showing that by FLA MARITAL LAW he is an adulterer and has deserted Terri as her husband. 
  • Despite Evidence from  several board-certified neurologists that Terri is not PVS and the affidavits of more than 40 physicians that she can be rehabilitated.  
  • Evidence that Michael Schiavo filed a 1992 malpractice suit for 20 million dollars, and was awarded 1.7 million after convincing the jury he needed the money to care for his wife,  but later after having the money in his hand placed a DNR on her chart and motioned the courts to remove her feeding tube 
  • Despite evidence that Michael has been carrying on in affairs for almost as long as Terri has had her unexplained tragic accident
  • Despite the affidavit of nurse Carla who cared for Terri stating Michael tried to harm Terri.
  • Despite the statement from Michael's previous girlfriend Cyndi Shook stating Michael stalked her and did not care about Terri.
  • Despite the statement of the recent nurse, Nora Wagner who came forth from Woodside Hospice on March 21, 2005,  stating she worked with Terri and Terri laughed at her jokes. (Note: Mrs. Wagner immediately was fired from her job for speaking up about Terri)
  • Despite recent statement by Dr. Chesire of the Mayo Clinic  stating he did not believe Terri was in a PVS
  • Despite affidavit from Dr. Craddock stating Terri's 5 teeth were extracted due to dental neglect. 
  • Despite the fact that Terri's husband (as her supposed legal guardian) denied her dental care for more than 10 years.
  • Despite Terri never been allowed her OWN legal representation or DUE PROCESS
  • Despite the hundreds of other pieces of evidence showing Terri was  neglected and there was possible abuse, provided by the DCF(Department of Children and Family)
  • Despite the majority vote in the United States Congress  LAST WEEK  passing a bill that would save Terri's life
  • Despite President Bush's  recent statement on national TV"  stating it is better "to err on the side of life" and his making a special trip to fly from his vacation home to sign the bill into legislation
-Federal Judge Whittemore in Tampa Florida AGAIN  DENIED AT 7:30 AM ET hearing what was to be a de novo review (allowing the Schindlers to open the case from the beginning with ALL the EVIDENCE)  thus allowing the Schindlers the opportunity to have Terri's tube immediate reinserted while it is reviewed.
- The Schindlers' have now filed an appeal with the 11th Circuit court and are awaiting a decision.
- Terri lays inhumanely suffering from starvation and dehydration on her 7th day without food and water while the local judicial system denies her parents the legal right to provide ALL the pertinent evidence necessary to give her water and save her life. 
CALL:    800.962.2873 
     IN PINELLAS PARK -County Pinellas-
6774 102nd Avenue N.
 Pinellas Park, Florida 33782-2909
They are very compassionate!

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BREAKING NEWS: National leaders call for drastic reform

Several dozen nationally known leaders including attorneys, clergy, business owners, military officers and physicians have released a document demanding the dissolution of the government. Viewing the situation at hand and the government's lack of protection for individual rights, the document argues that the government must be dissolved and the people have a legitimate right to do so. 

According to one of the attorneys supporting the document:

“The question whether the judges are invested with exclusive authority to decide on the constitutionality of a law has been heretofore a subject of consideration with me in the exercise of official duties. Certainly there is not a word in the Constitution which has given that power to them more than to the Executive or Legislative branches.”

Rather than a collection of obscure radicals, the group includes several governors, US senators and even several former Presidents.

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Congressional impotence

When the House Government Reform Committee issued its subpoena last Friday, it was assumed it did so with full intent to use the power of Congress to prevent Terri Schiavo's murder. 

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., ominously reminded all parties that it is a federal crime for anyone to interfere with a person's testimony before Congress. (Allowing the chief witness, Terri Schiavo, to starve to death would, of course, be the most profound form of interference.) 

But an unimpressed Pinellas County Circuit Judge George W. Greer was dismissive of Congressional power, ruling out of hand as to the legitimacy of the subpoenas.

"I don't think legislative bodies or agencies have business in a court proceeding. The fact that you - your committee - decided to do something today doesn't create an emergency," he wrote.

Since then, not only has the Committee failed to enforce the subpoena, they have cancelled any meetings in which the decision to act could be made. They, in essence have displayed their lack of power and commitment. 

Inaction surprising in the face of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's pledge last week to hold Greer in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for Terri Schiavo's testimony.

"No little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress," DeLay said.

Indeed, Senator Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist is on record, saying that subpoenas compelling Terri Schiavo to appear at a March 28 congressional hearing make it a crime to disconnect her feeding tube - and threatened anyone who interfered with her testimony with jai.

"Federal criminal law protects witnesses called before official Congressional committee proceedings from anyone who may obstruct or impede a witness' attendance or testimony," Frist said.

He continued: "More specifically the law protects a witness from anyone who - by threats, force, or by any threatening letter or communication - influences, obstructs, or impedes an inquiry or investigation by Congress. Anyone who violates this law is subject to criminal fines and imprisonment."

Yet, the Committee has failed to even begin the process of enforcing the subpoena. Why? Why even issue the subpoena when they haven't the integrity and courage to enforce it? What purpose does the committee serve if it will not enforce its actions.

For that matter the courts have flaunted their willingness to violate the clear meaning of legislation by ignoring the clear meaning of the recently passed law. Yet Congress does nothing. What purpose does it then serve if the judiciary may pick and choose which laws to obey? There was no ruling about the constitutionality of the law, just a defiant pretense that the law meant what it obviously did not mean.

Why is the judicial branch of the government being allowed to dictate law, in clear disregard of the Constitution?

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No excuse

The legal powers of Jeb Bush, the emasculated governor of Florida, were clearly spelled out in a re-affirmation of the 2003 memos sent to him by the Thomas More Law Center.

The two letters dated October 15th and 16th point to the constitutional authority of Governor Bush to order the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate violations of criminal laws. The letters cite a number of facts suggesting Terri Schiavo is a victim of domestic abuse and neglect, and may be a victim of domestic violence. Furthermore, the letters point out that officials from the Florida Department of Children and Family Services have the authority to enter the premises where Schiavo is currently being held and remove her if they believe that medical care is necessary to avert a likely risk of death or serious injury. 

The October 15 letter concludes that a growing number of facts establish probable cause to “conduct a full criminal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the disability of Ms. Schiavo. To date, the facts of this case have not yet been viewed through the lens of a criminal investigation. Shamefully, the government’s investigatory resources have not been brought to bear on discovering the truth in this case.” 

It could be argued that if local law enforcement resist state police sent in by Bush, that lives could be lost, but then why wouldn't that be Greer's worry, too? Oh, that's right, Greer has absolutely no respect for life at all. 

coverage: Blogs for Terri

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Jeb Bush hero of who?

The predictably myopic and leftist New York Times predicts that Jeb Bush's actions will endear him to the Religious Right. 

Gov. Jeb Bush's last-minute intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo, even after the president had ended his own effort to keep her alive, may have so far failed in a legal sense, but it has cemented the religious and social conservative credentials of a man whose political pedigree is huge and whose political future remains a subject of intense speculation.

But Bush's refusal to perform the duties of his office, which have clearly been pointed out as legal and necessary are what most Conservative Christians see. Handed the opportunity to not only save a woman's life but also defy the unconstitutional abuse of judicial powers by a maniacal state judge, the emasculated Jeb Bush hides behind the legal fiction that he is powerless to act. If Terri is allowed to be murdered, then Bush can kiss any hope of a political career goodbye. Terri Schiavo will be Jeb Bush's Mary Jo Kopechne.

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The inconsistent courts

“The Constitution . . . meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” — Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1804.

“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.” — Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820

Isn't it interesting that the concept of Separation of Church and State was derived for one line in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a church, and subsequently made into law by courts that decided to use it to allow the government to control religious expression. Yet Jefferson's abundant writings on the limitations of the judiciary are totally ignored by those same courts.

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Terri Schiavo OpEd/Blog round-up


The Right to Life: Protecting one woman By William J. Bennett & Brian T. Kennedy
coverage: HyScience

Terri Schiavo, Death be Not Proud by Frank Salvato

Not Dead at All: Why Congress was right to stick up for Terri Schiavo by Harriet McBryde Johnson

Schindler v Schiavo II by Rich Galen


Nader supports Terri: Blogs for Bush, Ace of Spades

Memogate II: Michelle Malkin, Captain's Quarters

The Law: Right Wing News

The Heartless Judiciary: Blogs for Terri (also here, here and here), HyScience (and here)

The Ignored Doctors: Blogs for Terri

Bloggers: Blogs for Terri, RW Conspiracy

Florida's emasculated Governor: Blogs for Terri (also here, here and here), bLogicus (and here and here), Captain's Quarters

Censorship: Blogs for Terri, RW Conspiracy

Terri: Blogs for Terri, GOPInsight, Cao's Blog, HyScience

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