A noble gesture, nonetheless
From the Christian Communications Network:
Statement from Gloria Allred, Attorney-at-Law, Representing Robert Herring, Sr.:
We are here today to announce that our client, Robert Herring, Sr., is making an offer to Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo, which could save Terri's life....
Mr. Herring is a successful, socially responsible entrepreneur who spent more than 30 years in the electronics industry as the founder and owner of HERCO Technology. In 2000, Mr. Herring sold HERCO Technology to a New York Stock Exchange listed firm.
In 2003, Mr. Herring founded WEALTHTV, a lifestyle and entertainment television channel. He is a supporter of and a believer in stem cell research and the medical breakthrough that are occurring in this area. He is married with 5 children and 19 grandchildren and lives in the San Diego area.
He recognizes that unless something is done immediately, Terri Schiavo is not likely to survive very long after March 18th. Knowing that time is of the essence and realizing that he is fortunate enough to be able to help, he has decided to take action.
He contacted me and retained my law firm to convey the following offer to Terri's husband. If Mike Schiavo agrees to transfer the legal right to decide all of Terri's current and future medical desicions to Terri's parents, then Mr. Herring will pay Mr. Schiavo the amount of 1 million dollars (subject to court approval of Terri's parents as her conservators or guardians).
The million dollars was deposited into my law firm's client trust account yesterday and this morning we communicated this million dollar offer in writing to Mr. Schiavo's attorney.
This offer will remain open until Monday, March 14, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.
Terri's parents already offered to allow him to keep the entire settlement, if he'd turn custody over to them. Michael Schiavo not only refused, in a publicity gimmick he made the same offer to them, if they'd no longer attempt to prevent him from having her killed.
It's not about the money. If Terri is allowed to recover she could implicate him in his assault on her, and he could go to prison.
Then there's the matter of Judge George Greer. He's now neck deep in this, and if Michael tried to take the money, and Terri recovered, Greer is exposed for the heartless, inhumane monster he is.
At a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sen. Sam Brownback, R.-Kan., said a new bill to aid the disabled Florida woman is on an expedited route and has the potential for immediate Senate passage. Senators are being asked if they object to the bill, the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act, with the hope that a unanimous consent agreement might be reached on the bill, he said.
Schiavo's feeding tube is scheduled to be removed March 18 after which she would die within days of dehydration and starvation.
“If there is no objection to it, it could pass even yet today,” Brownback said. “That may or may not happen.”
The House of Representatives has a similar consent mechanism, Brownback said, but it is uncertain how quickly it will act on the measure.
The legislation would give Schiavo and other incapacitated people the legal protections often associated with death row inmates. The measure is based on the “writ of habeas corpus,” which provides the effected person the opportunity for a court review to determine if his/her due process rights have been protected.
The bill is S. 539 in the Senate and H.R. 1151 in the House. Sen. Mel Martinez, R.-Fla., and Rep. Dave Weldon, R.-Fla., are the lead sponsors.
Greer and Michael Schiavo have to be sweating over this. What's interesting are all the comments about how worried George Felos, the drooling death lawyer, is. Felos has bilked Terri for about half a million dollars, and if she lives, loses nothing (unless a new guardian sues). Even then, he's got publicity exposure and could easily afford to pay back the money. Michael and Greer are the ones who've staked their future on Terri's execution.
Posted by Danny Carlton at March 11, 2005 01:52 PM