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March 24, 2005

Dispatches from the war front

The battle is being waged on several fronts, yet many are retreating. Terri's family has brought their appeal to the Supreme Court, but the stranglehold the judiciary has on America is one participated in by that very court. Were the court to decide in Terri's favor, then they would weaken the tyrannical rule of our current Judicial Oligarchy. They have consistently supported the practice of placing the judicial branch of the government above the other branches in violation of the Constitutional provision of a balance of powers.

...meanwhile...

Judge Greer has agreed to rule today, at noon Florida time on the evidence from Dr. William P. Cheshire, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and bioethicist. The Florida DCF, which, by the way, is under the authority of the governor, has said it will decide at noon whether to exercise their duty to follow the law that requires taking suspected abuse victims into protective custody. Larry Klayman and Alan Keyes are urging Jeb Bush to “pardon” Terri, which they claim is within his powers as governor.

...but...

Ken Connor, the lawyer who has represented Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the matter is trying to egg the Congressional committee that issued a subpoena for Terri to enforce it.

"Congress has inherent authority, in my view, to take acts necessary to preserve its own jurisdiction," Connor told [the Baptist Press]. "... If Terri Schiavo dies, the object of that investigation will be compromised and frustrated, at least in part. I would urge the House to consider sending agents to gain control of Terri and to re-insert her feeding tube in order to preserve the evidence and to preserve Terri as a potential witness."

By not doing so, Connor said, the House will be acknowledging that it is "somehow subordinate to and subservient to the judicial branch." 

"If Congress is not willing to assert itself as a co-equal branch of government in this case -- preserve its authority to conduct its investigation, preserve the life of Terri Schiavo ... when will it ever assert itself?" Connor asked. 

While I agree that the Committee should act, it is tiring to see all these various parts of the government sit around waiting for some other agency or committee to do something. To amply illustrate that, the House Committee of Government Reform, which issued the subpoena, has decided to talk loudly and carry a wee, little stick.

A House committee has postponed hearings it had scheduled when it sent subpoenas to Terri Schiavo, her estranged husband, and administrators at the Florida hospice where Terri lives.

The House Committee on Government Reform on Wednesday slated to hold the hearing on Friday, but made the decision Wednesday to cancel.

CNN reported that the committee issued a statement that it made the decision "in light of recent legal events in the state and federal courts."

Question: What has 78 legs, a large mouth but no backbone?
Answer: The House Committee of Government Reform

Not to be outdone in the Invertebrate Phylum, President George Bush is now hiding behind the legal fiction that he is powerless to do anything to save Terri's life. 

Coverage: The Volokh Conspiracy, La Shawn Barber, Dean's World, Captain's Quarters, Michelle Malkin, Outside the Beltway, Little Green Footballs, Powerline, Right Wing News (also here), Blogs for Terri, GOPInsight, bLogicus, HyScience (also here and here)

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 24, 2005 08:01 AM

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