Judge Postpones Decision to Remove Michael and Terri Schiavo’s Guardian

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 5, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Judge Postpones Decision to Remove Michael as Terri Schiavo’s Guardian

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 5, 2003

Pinellas Park, FL (LifeNews.com) — In the latest fight of the Terri Schiavo legal battle, Circuit Court Judge George Greer postponed a decision on whether to allow Terri’s brother Bob to be named her guardian in place of her estranged husband Michael.

Attorneys for Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler said the change should be made because Michael has not provided Terri with proper care and has a conflict of interest because he is married to another woman and has already has one child with her and is pregnant with a second.

Michael asked Greer to deny the request, but he postponed it instead and asked him to respond to the Schindlers’ charges.

"What this means in a nutshell is that there can indeed be a full hearing to determine Michael’s fitness as a guardian and this is something that should have been addressed years ago," Pamela Hennessy, a representative of Terri’s family, told LifeNews.com.

Hennessy said Terri’s family was surprised at today’s action and expected Greer to throw out the request as he has others.

"We’re surprised, we’re happy and we’re hoping this is going to be hear properly," Hennessy added.

The Schindlers’ want Terri’s brother, Bob Schindler, Jr., to replace Michael.

While the parents fight for guardianship, attorneys for Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) are expected to file a brief soon in response to a lawsuit Michael filed calling Terri’s Law unconstitutional. Passed by the state legislature, the law allowed Bush to ask doctors to reinsert Terri’s feeding tube, allowing her to live.

Michael’s attorney George Felos, an assisted suicide advocate, is getting help in the case from the ACLU.

Related web sites:
Terri’s family – https://www.terrisfight.org