Judge Greer Denies Several Motions Filed to Save Terri Schiavo

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 1, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 1, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — After setting a date later this month for Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband to begin her week-long starvation death, Circuit Court Judge George Greer on Monday denied a request for hearings on several issues Terri’s parents say need to come before the court.

Terri parents hoped Judge Greer would consider the following requests:

* Requiring Michael to provide updated neurological evaluations of Terri based on new MRI testing protocols and to allow Terri’s parents to obtain doctors to perform such tests if Michael refuses;

* A motion to require Michael to submit to a deposition, which refused to do in previous attempts last year;

* A petition for divorce, citing Michael’s adultery;

* An objection to Michael’s annual guardianship plan for Terri, which he has failed to file for the past two years;

* A motion to remove Michael as Terri’s guardian, citing his failure to comply with Florida law mandated guardianship requirements. This motion dates back to November of 2002, but the court has never ruled on it.

In a statement Tuesday, the Schindler family said it "finds the actions of Judge Greer reprehensible and a clear denial of the due process rights afforded to Terri" under federal and state law.

"Never in my life have I seen a judge so afraid of the truth," Pamela Hennessy, a representative of the Schindler family, added. "Why is it that admitted criminals are protected to every reasonable measure of law, but our disabled and vulnerable citizens are discarded by the courts as unworthy lives?"

The motions were part of a package of requests submitted to Judge Greer. He has indicated that he will hold hearings only on those motions that affect the starvation process once it has begun on March 18.

The Schindlers have also asked Judge Greer to allow Terri to die at home with them instead of in the Woodside Hospice facility where she lives. They want Terri to be buried in Florida instead of cremated as Michael has requested.

The Schindlers also want access to unfettered access to Terri during the starvation process so they can be there as Terri spends her final days alive.

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