Federal Judge Denies Emergency Request
From CNN website:
TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied an emergency request to reinsert a feeding tube for Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a national legal battle over her life.I wonder what Judge Wittemore had to eat and drink today? One has to hope he enjoyed it. Good nutritional practice is so important, they say.
Attorneys for Schiavo's parents appealed the ruling to a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. Schiavo has been without food or water since a Florida state judge ordered her feeding tube removed Friday at her husband's request.
Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge James Whittemore in Tampa came after Congress and President Bush enacted legislation aimed at allowing federal
courts to review Schiavo's case. (Full story)
I believe that the courts in the United States are committing judicial murder.
Her husband is living with another woman with whom he has had children. His "defacto" wife is therefore his common law spouse, not terri Schiavo. Accordingly, he is unfit to be making life and death decisions pertaining to Terri, because he has a clear conflict of interest. Her parents have no such conflict.
From the reports I read Michael Shiavo has a financial stake in Terri's death. He has received a handsome settlement (over $600 K for damages alone) and stands to gain further monies upon her death. This also places him in a conflict of interest.
Medical doctors informed of the lack of diagnostic testing ( e.g., MRI scans) have stated they cannot believe these routine procedures were not done. Without them, apparently, it is doubtful whether an accurate diagnosis of "persistent vegetative state" can be made.
Michael Schiavo has consistently refused to allow therapeutic treatment for Terri.