Friday, March 4, 2005
Jurist Associate Editor Phillip Hong-Barca posted a summary today of the most recent legal maneuverings in the increasingly convoluted medico-legal saga of Terri Schiavo. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking a 60-day stay of the removal of Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube on top of the current stay that runs until March 18 (ordered last week by Judge Greer), in order to investigate 30 charges of "abuse, neglect, or exploitation" filed against her husband/guardian, Michael Schiavo. Jurist links to an AP story (courtesy of Yahoo! News) with more details on the public release Friday of the DCF files.
Meanwhile, "a Florida congressman said he will introduce a bill next week that would require legal representation for incapacitated people who leave no advance directive. Supporters say such a law would give the Schindlers access to the federal courts to try to save their daughter. U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, a Melbourne Republican, said he would introduce the bill Tuesday." (ABC Action News/TampaBay.Live)
If you need a good chronology of events in this case, Abstract Appeal has it, though I like the chronology by Kathy Cerminara and Steven Haidar better (more links to primary source material). [tm]