Michael Schiavo Again Skips Deposition in Terri Guardianship Case

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 28, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 28, 2004

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Despite a loss at the Florida Supreme Court, where the state judges unanimously threw our Terri’s Law, Terri Schiavo’s parents are continuing their battle on other fronts to save their daughter.

Yet, in what is becoming a routine, Michael Schiavo again failed to show up to a scheduled deposition to answer questions from attorneys for Bob and Mary Schindler in their efforts to secure guardianship of their daughter from her estranged husband.

Circuit Court Judge George Greer had previously ordered Michael to appear at a deposition scheduled to begin Monday and continue through Tuesday.

"However, attorneys representing Mr. Schiavo have intercepted the court and have filed a new emergency motion for a protective order," Terri’s family said in a statement late Monday.

Judge Greer has not considered the emergency motion as the court has not been in session due to the severe weather in Florida.

Michael has failed to appear at two previously-scheduled depositions, prompting an attorney for the Schindlers to file a motion asking Judge Greer to issue a written order requiring him ti appear.

Circuit Court Judge George Greer previously issued a verbal request for Michael and his live-in fiance Jodi Centonze, with whom he has two children, to appear for a deposition.

"I do not believe Michael Schiavo will appear for deposition unless and until the court orders him to appear," Schindler attorney Pat Anderson told LifeNews.com last month. "I hope that happens."

George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael’s attorney, told the Associated Press that his client didn’t show because Judge Greer has not yet signed an order making sure Anderson can’t publicly distribute a videotaped copy of the deposition. Felos said Greer would sign such an order, but hasn’t yet.

Meanwhile, inclement weather notwithstanding, Greer is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday on a motion filed by the Schindlers arguing that ending Terri’s life would violated her Catholic religious beliefs.

Citing recent statements by Pope John Paul II that disabled patients like Terri Schiavo should not be deprived of food and water and painfully starved to death, the Schindler say, "Terri would not have made the decision to withdraw life-prolonging procedures."

The Pope recently stated that the administration of food and water, even if by artificial means, can never be considered "a medical act." Rather, it always represents a natural means of preserving life, and is morally obligatory.

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