News of the Day ... in Perspective2/15/2004
Florida court backs Gov. Bush, Terri Schindler Schiavo’s family.
In the first favorable ruling the Schindler family has seen for a long time, the Florida 2d District Court of Appeal ruled that Terri Schindler Schiavo’s family should have been allowed to defend their daughter in the lawsuit filed against Terri’s law.
Terri’s estranged husband Michael is trying to have the law, which stopped a recent attempt to dehydrate Terri to death, declared unconstitutional.
The Court also found that Michael Schiavo’s attorney George Felos, an assisted suicide advocate, “failed to demonstrate good cause for a blanket ban on the taking of depositions.” Gov. Bush’s attorneys should be permitted to question witnesses, the Court ruled.
Ken Connor, Gov. Bush’s lead counsel, wants a trial to determine whether Terri would want to remain alive and receive lifesaving medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy. Her family maintains that she has shown a resolute will to live (lifenews.com 2/13/04).