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June 18, 2005

Jeb asks for investigation of Michael Schiavo

From the Palm Beach Post:

Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that a prosecutor has agreed to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, citing an alleged gap in time between when her husband found her and called 911.

"It's a significant question that during this ordeal was never brought up," Bush told reporters, saying he wasn't suggesting any wrongdoing by Michael Schiavo.

But in a statement issued by his Dunedin lawyer, Schiavo called the development an outrage.

"I have consistently said over the years that I didn't wait but 'ran' to call 911 after Terri collapsed," Schiavo said in a release issued by the law office of George Felos.

In a letter he faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe requesting an investigation, Bush said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 25, 1990, and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her at about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at about 5:40 a.m.

"Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush said. "In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome."

Apologists for Terri's adulterous murderer will argue that an investigation this many years after the fact shows that the motive is political, yet they also are the ones touting the parts of the autopsy that they like. The autopsy report claimed there was no evidence of any eating disorder, yet it also listed signs of serious neglect after she became incapacitated. My question, of course, is why did it take so long given the information we already have about her collapse?

Terri coverage: Michelle Malkin, Right Wing News, HyScience, Blogs for Terri, Jawa Report, bLogicus, Pajama Hadin, Stones Cry Out, ProLifeBlogs, MediaCulpa, Florida Cracker, Teknosis

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 18, 2005 08:16 AM

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Why beat a dead horse? Terri is with God now (I think she has been with Him for 15 years, but in any event she clearly is with Him now.) The autopsy report clearly shows she never could have gotten any better. Half of her brain was gone (I have serious balance problems with just a slight shrinkage in my cerebellum). The autopsy rules out everything they were blaiming Michael for earlier, and now people want to find new things to accuse him of.

The important thing we should learn from this sad event is that everyone needs a WRITTEN Living Will, and needs to keep it up to date, should situations change. End of life decisions should not be left to another's interpretations of what someone said.

Posted by: Don Singleton at June 18, 2005 09:29 AM

Why beat a dead horse?

Probably not the best choice of euphemisms.

Terri is with God now (I think she has been with Him for 15 years, but in any event she clearly is with Him now.)

The woman in the video I saw was clearly alive and alert.

The autopsy report clearly shows she never could have gotten any better.

No, the media hype following the autopsy report did. The autopsy reports was vague and uncertain.

Half of her brain was gone (I have serious balance problems with just a slight shrinkage in my cerebellum).

Much of that would have been due to the dehydration method with which she was tortured to death by. Even then there are people who are alive and alert and functioning in society who have had worse damage to their brains. An autopsy is not the method of determining recovery.

The autopsy rules out everything they were blaiming Michael for earlier, and now people want to find new things to accuse him of.

No, it didn't. Any damage done 15 years earlier by an attack would have been long healed. On the other hand the neglect and abuse he has been accused of inflicting on her since her collapse was confirmed in the horrible condition her body was in.

The important thing we should learn from this sad event is that everyone needs a WRITTEN Living Will, and needs to keep it up to date, should situations change. End of life decisions should not be left to another's interpretations of what someone said.

Like in the case of Mae McGouirk? What happened to her proved that living wills are not even worth the paper they've been printed on.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at June 18, 2005 11:55 AM

Jeb Bush is a pathetic politician. He had powers to save her and he refused to use them. He thinks that an investigation will convince us otherwise? I have some words for Jeb Bush, but I'll keep my vocabulary clean here.

Posted by: Jacqueline at June 18, 2005 02:13 PM

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