by Steven Ertelt
May 3, 2006
Pensacola, FL (LifeNews.com) — Fresh from his speaking engagement at a bioethics forum at the University of Pennsylvania, where he bashed pro-life advocates who sided with Terri Schiavo’s family, Judge George Greer will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a local ABA chapter luncheon in Florida.
Greer is slated to speak at a the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association event that is part of the local celebration of Law Week. The Pinellas County judge will speak before 200 attorneys.
Attorney Bill Stafford, president of the local Bar Association, claimed Greer was a role model of judicial independence during the years he presided over the battle between Terri’s former husband Michael and her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.
"He’s going to be very interesting to listen to," Stafford told the Pensacola News Journal newspaper. "Lawyers have an obligation to do what they think is right."
But Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, doesn’t see it that way.
"Our family publicly stated for years that Judge Greer has a pro-euthanasia, pro-death bias, which tempered his decisions in my sister’s case and caused him to unethically, immorally and illegally ordered her to die," he said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
"How can any citizens of Florida have confidence that Judge Greer will remain unbiased now that he is on the speaking circuit justifying the killing of an innocent, disabled woman without any proof of her consent?" Schindler asked.
Schindler said Greer’s public speaking "makes a mockery of the entire judicial system" and "certainly shows his bias against the disabled."
He said his family urges the Judicial Qualifications Commission to review Greer’s speaking engagements to determine if he has compromised his fairness and integrity on the court.
Greer eventually agreed with Michael’s request to euthanize Terri. She died in March 2005 after a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death.
The theme for this year’s Law Week is "Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers."
ACTION: Contact the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association with your opinion of their choice of Judge Greer as a speaker. Call (850) 434-6009 to voice your opinions or go to https://www.esrba.com/executives.htm to contact the groups’ leaders.
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org