Terri Schiavo Judge to Speak at Loyola, Instruct Mainstream Media Reporters

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 15, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo Judge to Speak at Loyola, Instruct Mainstream Media Reporters Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 15, 2006

Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) — Circuit Court Judge George Greer continues to make the rounds on the lecture circuit following his high-profile involvement in the Terri Schiavo case. The judge, who refused to back down from sentencing Terri to a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death, will be a featured speaker at Loyola Law School Los Angeles in June.

However, this speaking engagement may be worse than the others as Judge Greer will instruct members of the mainstream media in how to report on significant legal stories like the battle over Terri’s life.

According to a statement from the school provided to LifeNews.com, Greer will serve on the faculty of the inaugural "Journalist Law School" at Loyola. The journalist law school is a three
day long intensive seminar for reporters who write on the government, the courts, and individual court cases.

"The law school is designed to help journalists, who are trying to provide accurate information to the public, but who may not have a legal background," John Nockleby, a professor at Loyola, said. "The goal is to enhance their understanding of the judicial branch."

While he’s there, Greer will instruct 34 journalists from print and electronic media, including reporters, columnists, producers, and investigative reporters.

Several mainstream media outlets are planning to send staff for tutelage from Judge Greer, including CNN, CBS News, ABC News Radio, Bloomberg WNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Based on the intense scrutiny and media coverage generated by the Schiavo case, Judge Greer will bring a unique perspective to the journalists in attendance," Loyola said in announcing his participation.

Greer previously came under fire for speaking engagements at a bioethics forum at the University of Pennsylvania and a local Bar Association event in Florida.

"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," Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler has said.

"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’s appearance at Loyola is sponsored by the chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which awarded Judge Greer with the Jurist of the Year Award last year for his decision to allow Terri’s former husband to take her life.

Loyola Law School is the graduate law school for Loyola Marymount University.

ACTION: Contact Loyola Law School Los Angeles with your thoughts about inviting Judge Greer at Loyola Law School, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, California 90015-1211, (p) (213) 736-1000, (f) (213) 380-3769, (e) [email protected]

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org