[Homestead] Scumbag Jeb Bush and his scumbag biblethumpers lose Sciavo case on Constitutional Grounds
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Thu Sep 23 18:35:03 EDT 2004
But not before the scumbags kept this poor vegetable alive for FOURTEEN
YEARS. They should be dragged through the steets behind a pickup truck
to experience similar misery---fourteen years of dragging would be nice.
Last update: September 23, 2004 at 11:34 AM
* Florida Supreme Court strikes down law keeping woman on life support *
Published September 23, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a
law that was rushed through the Legislature last fall to keep a severely
brain-damaged woman hooked up to a feeding tube against her husband's
The unanimous court said the law that kept Terri Schiavo alive violated
the separation of powers between the judicial branch and the legislative
and executive branches.
Lower courts had ruled that Michael Schiavo could have the tube removed,
but the Legislature passed the law to overrule the courts. Gov. Jeb Bush
then used the law to order the tube reinserted. The court's decision
came just weeks after oral arguments.
It was not immediately known if the ruling would clear the way for the
tube's final removal. An attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents, who want
her kept alive, would not speculate. Michael Schiavo's attorneys did not
immediately return calls seeking comment.
``It is without question an invasion of the authority of the judicial
branch for the Legislature to pass a law that allows the executive
branch to interfere with the final judicial determination in a case,''
Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wrote for the court. ``That is precisely
what occurred here.''
The court said the law improperly delegated legislative powers to the
governor, who had complete authority to issue or lift a stay.
Terri Schiavo, who lives in a Clearwater nursing home, can breathe on
her own but relies on a feeding and hydration tube to live. Courts have
concluded she is in a ``persistent vegetative state,'' but maneuvering
over her fate has produced a closely watched right-to-die fight.
The 40-year-old woman left no written instructions before suffering
brain damage when her heart stopped beating 14 years ago. But in Florida
a person's wishes must be honored even if they are expressed orally.
Schiavo's parents disagree with their son-in-law about her wishes,
insisting their daughter wanted to live and could be helped with
therapy. Courts have generally sided with Michael Schiavo, but parents
Bob and Mary Schindler have won stays that have kept their daughter alive.
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