Terri Schiavo Hearing Focuses on Lack of Attorney for Her Interests

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo Hearing Focuses on Lack of Attorney for Her Interests

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 31, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Attorneys for Bob and Mary Schindler argued in a hearing on Friday that Terri Schiavo should have had her own attorney during the decade-long legal battle they have been fighting with her estranged husband Michael, who wants to starve her to death.

Schindler attorney David Gibbs argues that the court decision allowing Michael to end her life should be reversed because Terri has never had an attorney representing her interests in court. Gibbs says that is violation of her constitutional right to due process.

"In reviewing the many boxes of court filings," Gibbs said, "we cannot find a single instance where Terri was afforded the right of every American to have a lawyer who would represent her own interests."

"I urge the court not to rush," Gibbs said. "There is not reversibility once Terri Schiavo has been starved and dehydrated to death."

George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael’s lead attorney, called the motion was "outrageous" and "an abuse of the legal system," according to an Associated Press report.

He told Circuit Court Judge George Greer that the Schindlers are merely trying to make the case drag on and on without end and urged him to overturn the motion.

Judge Greer allowed Gibbs until February 7 to submit further written arguments and said he would decide in the next few days whether to allow the due process argument to proceed.

Terri’s legal rights are controlled by Michael, who remains her legal guardian despite years of failing to file proper paperwork with the government.

Michael is prevented from removing Terri’s feeding tube until the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal decides whether to reverse its decision to overturn another Schindler motion saying Terri’s religious liberties would be violated if she is starved to death.

The Schindlers also have a third motion in court that asks Judge Greer to remove Michael as Terri’s legal guardian because of numerous conflicts of interest.

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