Terri Schiavo’s Family Believes Judge is Colluding With Husband

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 16, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Family Believes Judge is Colluding With Husband’s Attorney

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 16, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — The family of Terri Schiavo believes Circuit Court Judge George Greer is colluding with husband Michael Schiavo’s attorney and a doctor selected by Greer to provide impartial testimony about Terri’s medical condition.

In a statement provided to LifeNews.com Tuesday morning, Pamela Hennessy, a representative of Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler, says they "have uncovered a possible link to collusion in the legal proceedings" involving Michael’s attorney George Felos and neurologist Dr. Peter Bambakidis, appointed by Greer.

During earlier stages of the lawsuit last year, the court allowed both Michael and Terri’s parents to select two doctors to present their sides of the story.

Michael’s doctors say Terri is in a persistent vegetative state from which she is unlikely to recover. The doctors working with Terri’s parents believe Terri can recover if given rehabilitative care, which she has been denied thus far.

The court also appointed Bambakidis, of Ohio, as an independent physician. He eventually testified in favor of Michael, saying Terri had no hope of recovery.

However, Terri’s family has learned that Bambakidis may have had a relationship with Felos prior to his being assigned as the third-party doctor in April 2002.

Materials promoting an August conference where Felos was a speaker list him as an official with the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gust Bambakidis is listed by the organiztion as the head of the Ohio chapter. He is believed to be related to Dr. Peter Bambakidis — possibly brothers. Both graduated from Case Western Reserve University and both were born in Ohio and live there currently. In addition, Nicholas Bambakidis (Gust’s son and also a neurologist) had, for some time, worked with Peter.

During testimony in the lawsuit, Pat Anderson, the parent’s attorney, repeatedly asked Dr. Peter Bambakidis if he had any personal relationship with Felos.

Peter Bambakidis said he did not know Felos prior to being appointed as a third-party doctor in the case. According to the statement from the family, "he could not provide sufficient explanation as to his appointment nor had he ever testified in any similar court case prior to the 2002 trial of Terri Schindler-Schiavo."

Terri’s parents and family "believe these coincidences to be indication of possible collusion in the case and are calling on state officials to launch a full and thorough investigation."

Related web sites:
Bob and Mary Schindler – https://www.terrisfight.org
Bambakidis’ testimony – https://www.zimp.org/bam.doc