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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, March 27, 2006

Schiavo Books Released

Both Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband, and the Schindler's, Terri's parents, have both released books on the anniversary of her death.   Unfortunately for both sides, the bitter feud does not seem to have been resvolved.   For more information, ABC news has a brief story, which states,

Schiavo's book, "Terri: The Truth," is being released today, one day before Bob and Mary Schindler's "A Life That Matters" hits stores.

In his book, Schiavo admits he's settling some scores. He unloaded his feelings Sunday on NBC's "Dateline" in his first interview since his wife died. Among his accusations is that Terri's family, including her father, demanded the money from a malpractice award.

"First, he asked when the money was coming down, and then he asked me, 'How much money am I going to get?''' Schiavo told "Dateline."

"I said. … 'I'm giving it all to Terri.' Then with some anger in his voice, he pointed at Terri and said, 'Well, how much is she going to give me?' She's not going to give you anything. That money is entrusted with a guardian."

On "Good Morning America," the Schindlers admitted there was a disagreement over money. They said it was because they wanted the money from the malpractice suit to go to Terri's rehabilitation and Schiavo spent it on legal fees.

"The money Michael promised for Terri's therapy and rehabilitation. … Instead it went to Michael's attorney to have Terri killed," said Bobby Schindler, Terri's brother.

An ABC poll shows that 64% of Americans agree with Michael Schiavo's decision to remove the feeding tube (However, it is unclear to me how this question was asked - if people were saying that they believed the husband when he said that this was Terri's wish or whether they felt it was appropriate for him to make the decision for her).  [bm]

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