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March 10, 2005

Greer declares himself above the law

From the St. Petersburg Times:

A Pinellas-Pasco judge today refused to allow the Department of Children and Families to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case.

The decision by Circuit Judge George Greer also means the judge won't consider DCF's request for a 60-day stay of his order that Schiavo's feeding tube can be removed at 1 p.m. on March 18.

The agency had said it received abuse and neglect complaints about Schiavo that it needed time to investigate.

But in his order, Greer said all of the allegations have previously been brought before the court. Greer ruled that no law gave DCF the authority to become a party to a guardianship.

Greer also noted that DCF has received numerous abuse complaints about Schiavo in previous years and determined them to be unfounded.

Greer wrote in his order, "What is particularly unsettling is that when asked whether DCF believed that part of its mandated duty was to review orders of this court, the answer from DCF counsel was "yes.' "

The judge said DCF's action appeared intended to circumvent the final judgment of the court that Schiavo would not want to live by artificial means.

In other words he is God and no one may question his decisions. Judge Greer has staked his career on this one case. If Terri Schiavo is not murdered, then he will be exposed as the shallow, uncaring, power-hungry despot he is. There can be no argument. In Greer's mind Terri must die.

The Florida legislature is working on a bill that was supposed to have saved her, but now they are saying it may not be applicable (way to waste the taxpayers money guys). The Federal legislation may be enacted in time, if enough pressure is put on the Congress.

Hey George and Jeb Bush, don't think for a minute your inaction is going unnoticed.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 10, 2005 04:10 PM

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In other words he is God and no one may question his decisions.

Well, no one can question except the appellate courts and the FL supreme court. And they all agreed. Welcome to the rule of law, and enjoy your stay in our country.

Posted by: jpe at March 10, 2005 07:57 PM

Is a government that refuses to protect the life of the innocent worth saving? Did not ancient Israel experience the wrath of God because their judges perverted justice and preyed on the helpless?

And whither the courage of the elected officials in this case? Perhaps Jeb should paraphrase Jackson and say, "Judge Greer has made his ruling, now let him enforce it" while he posts National Guardsmen to protect this woman.

Being married to a woman who deals with these issues frequently, I know that in most states Mr. Schiavo would be guilty of misuse of funds, the money he received in a court settlement to care for his wife would be impounded, and the whole case would be handed to a court appointed fiduciary.

What in the hell is wrong with the people in Florida? Don't all the geezers down there recognize that this sets them up for "snuff city"?

Posted by: Bud Brown at March 11, 2005 08:31 AM

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