Terri Schiavo’s Parents, Estranged Husband Likely Won’t Agree on Settlement

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 27, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Parents, Estranged Husband Likely Won’t Agree on Settlement Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 27, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s parents and her estranged husband are not likely going to agree on a settlement out of court. Both sides have been engulfed in a legal battle spanning a decade because neither side is willing to compromise. That probably won’t change.

In interviews with the Associated Press, attorneys for both sides say there is too much distrust and neither side will cave in to demands from the other.

George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael Schiavo’s lead attorney, told AP, "It’s been made very clear to me by the Schindler attorneys that there is no possible settlement that the parents would agree to that might result in Terri’s death."

The Schindlers have offered to give Michael any money leftover from the medical trust fund that was established after Terri won a medical malpractice lawsuit before the dispute began.

Money in the trust was supposed to have paid for Terri’s medical care and rehabilitative treatment. Instead, Michael has spent it on legal fees he has incurred in his battle to end her life.

"They offered to give him everything and they would pay all the costs of her rehabilitation and her care — even if he wanted to stay married to her and inherit everything,” said Barbara Weller, the Schindlers’ attorney.

Felos claims the legal battle is not about money, even though Michael stands to inherit the remainder of the $1.5 million medical malpractice judgment upon Terri’s death. He says the battle, for Michael, is about following through on his claim that Terri would not want to live in her current disabled stated.

Terri Schiavo is not "chattel,” to be bargained away, Felos said.

On Friday, Circuit Court Judge George Greer is scheduled to hold a hearing on a request that Michael Schiavo be removed as Terri’s legal guardian because of personal, religious, and monetary conflicts of interest.

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