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The Assault on Terri Schiavo Continues

Michael Schiavo won his fight to have his wife killed by dehydration. Now he won't even allow her parents to sit by her side.

9:00 AM, Apr 30, 2004 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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The Schindler's attorney, Pat Anderson, frustrated by the many legal irregularities in the case, has now filed a crucial motion challenging Michael's authority to isolate Terri from her parents, based on his lack of legal authority in light of the absence of a court approved guardianship plan. This should be a slam-dunk. Unfortunately, Greer--the very judge who has repeatedly permitted Michael to shirk his legal duty--will decide the matter. It is hard to believe he will sanction Michael for failing to take legally mandatory actions that he gave permission to skip.

Judge Greer's performance has been so deficient that he should be removed from the case forthwith, if not impeached. Michael Schiavo should be given a size-14 boot out as Terri's legal guardian. And, since no one has any current legal authority to make decisions for Terri under Florida law, Governor Jeb Bush should direct Florida's protective services to step in, take custody, and sort the entire mess out.

This entire travesty must come to an end. Not only is the life of a helpless human being at stake, but so too are the rule of law and the application of ordered justice.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture.