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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Going all in

This business will get out of control

Jeb's got problems

Schiavo Parents Beg Florida Governor to Intervene

By Jane Sutton

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Reuters) - Terri Schiavo's parents begged Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene as their brain-damaged daughter edged closer to death on Friday and federal courts again rebuffed their efforts to have tube feeding resumed.

"With a stroke of his pen, he could stop it immediately," said Schiavo's father, Bob Schindler, suggesting that Bush could intervene in some executive capacity, although the governor has said he cannot.

"He's put Terri through a week of hell and I implore him to put a stop to this. This is judicial homicide and he has to stop it," he said.

What is he supposed to do? He's not the king.

They need to stop. Their daughter died 15 years ago.

These are not nice people. Children are being arrested, people are talking violence. They don't care. Bobby Schindler, a teacher, walked by and patted kids on the head while they were at this volitile scene. They keep ramping up the slander. At some point, someone will get hurt. As responsible people, they need to say something to prevent violence. Jeb Bush, to be fair, has marshalled every ounce of his power behind these people and thensome. But it's not enough.

It's never going to be enough. Not after years of court decisions, and their own admissions.

This is about control. They want control at any price and they do not care who is hurt in their quest.

How far was Jeb willing to go?

Police 'showdown' averted


Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo was not to be removed from her hospice, a team of state agents were en route to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted -- but they stopped short when local police told them they would enforce the judge's order, The Herald has learned.

Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies at Hospice Woodside, on Thursday that they were on the way to take her to a hospital to resume her feeding.

For a brief period, local police, who have officers at the hospice to keep protesters out, prepared for what sources called ``a showdown.''

In the end, the squad from the FDLE and the Department of Children & Families backed down, apparently concerned about confronting local police outside the hospice.

''We told them that unless they had the judge with them when they came, they were not going to get in,'' said a source with the local police.

''The FDLE called to say they were en route to the scene,'' said an official with the city police who requested anonymity. ``When the sheriff's department and our department told them they could not enforce their order, they backed off.''

The incident,known only to a few and related to The Herald by three different sources involved in Thursday's events, underscores the intense emotion and murky legal terrain that the Schiavo case has created. It also shows that agencies answering directly to Gov. Jeb Bush had planned to use a wrinkle in Florida law that would have allowed them to legally get around the judge's order. The exception in the law allows public agencies to freeze a judge's order whenever an agency appeals it.


Participants in the high-stakes test of wills, who spoke with The Herald on the condition of anonymity, said they believed the standoff could ultimately have led to a constitutional crisis and a confrontation between dueling lawmen.

''There were two sets of law enforcement officers facing off, waiting for the other to blink,'' said one official with knowledge of Thursday morning's activities.

In jest, one official said local police discussed ``whether we had enough officers to hold off the National Guard.''

''It was kind of a showdown on the part of the locals and the state police,'' the official said. ``It it was not too long after that Jeb Bush was on TV saying that, evidently, he doesn't have as much authority as people think.''

State officials on Friday vigorously denied the notion that any ''showdown'' occurred.

''DCF directed no such action,'' said agency spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez.

Said Bush spokesman Jacob DiPietre: ``There was no showdown. We were ready to go. We didn't want to break the law. There was a process in place and we were following the process. The judge had an order and we were following the order.''

Tim Caddell, a spokesman for the city of Pinellas Park, declined to discuss Thursday's events.


According to sources, DCF intended to take Schiavo to Morton Plant Hospital, where her feeding tube had been reinserted in 2003 following a previous judicial order allowing its removal. But hospice officials were aware that the hospital was not likely to perform surgery to reinsert the tube without an order from Greer.

''People knew that taking [Schiavo] did not equate with immediate reinsertion of the feeding tube,'' a source said. ``Hospital officials were working with their legal counsel and their advisors, trying to figure out which order superseded which, and what action they should take.''

Hardy, the hospital spokeswoman, said she does not believe the hospital was made aware Thursday morning that DCF and state police planned to bring Schiavo in. ''We were not aware of that three-hour period,'' she said. ``It's not a discussion we even had, really.''

George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, said he does not think DCF officials knew of the window of opportunity they had created until well after they filed their appeal.

''Frankly, I don't believe when they filed their notice of appeal they realized that that gave them an automatic stay,'' Felos said. ``When we filed our motion to vacate the automatic stay . . . they realized they had a short window of opportunity and they wanted to extend that as long as they could.

``I believe that as soon as DCF knew they had an opportunity, they were mobilizing to take advantage of it, without a doubt.''

Jeb is real lucky they didn't take her.

Imagine the madness when she was returned under court order.

He was going to play poker with her life and that, alone, is amazing.

People forget, Schiavo works for the Sheriff's department. They are not going to abandon him now, regardless of what people may think

posted by Steve @ 1:09:00 AM

1:09:00 AM

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