by Steven Ertelt
March 11, 2005
Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Just one day after receiving the offer, an attorney for Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband says he has turned down a gift of $1 million from a California businessman if he would transfer guardianship of her to her parents.
George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael Schiavo’s lead attorney, called the offer "offensive."
Felos told the Associated Press that Michael has rejected previous offers — including one for as much as $10 million. Felos said Michael would not take the money because he promised Terri that he would not keep her alive artificially.
"Michael has said over and over again that this case is not about money for him," Felos said. "It’s about carrying out his wife’s wishes. There is no amount of money anyone can offer that will cause him to turn his back on his wife."
However, Michael has come under fire from Terri’s family and others who say he has broken his marriage vows. Michael has lived for years with another woman, Jodi Centonze, and already has had two children with her.
Robert Herring, the wealthy electronics executive who made the offer, told AP that it stands until Monday if Michael changes his mind over the weekend.
Herring lives in San Diego and is the founder of WEALTHTV, a lifestyle and entertainment television channel. Earlier this week, Herring contacted infamous attorney Gloria Allred to pay Michael Schiavo $1 million if he complies.
"After viewing video of Terri on television, I came to the belief that there was hope for her," Herring said in a statement Thursday. "As events have proceeded in the legal battle, it became clear to me that if something was not done for Terri, that all hope for her would be lost."
The money has been placed in a a trust account operated by Allred.
"With a date of March 18th quickly approaching, and no other viable hope for Terri to be able to keep her feeding tube, I felt compelled to act," Herring said.