Thursday, February 10, 2005

Some Bad News in Terri's Case

In a little reported ruling last Friday, the Florida Second District Court of Appeals denied a re-hearing of the Schindlers' "Papal" Appeal, which argued that removing Terri's feeding tube would be a violation of Terri's 1st Amendment religious rights.

The appeals court, by handing down their ruling without issuing a written opinion, have also precluded further appeals by the Schindlers' to higher courts. I cannot help but suspect that this was an intended consequence on the court's part.

With the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of a hearing of Terri's Law, and the Florida Second DCA's denial of the Schindler's "Papal" Appeal, this means that there are no more appeals pending in Terri's case. That means that the indefinite stay issued by Judge Greer in Florida last fall will lapse within 15 days of the issuance of the Second DCA's ruling.

Bottom line: As I understand it, on Monday, February 21, Michael Schiavo will be able to go back to Judge Greer and request a new "death order" setting a new date for the removal of Terri's feeding tube. The only thing that will prevent this is if the Schindler's attorneys can find new grounds to file another appeal, or convince Judge Greer or a higher court to issue another stay.

We need to start praying and getting the troops mobilized again. Terri's life is now in grave danger.

I'll have more to post soon.