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Mihail, This has been in so many courtrooms, that it should be allowed to
follow the law, the husband's wishes for his wife. He has been found to be credible over and over again. I have not written anywhere that I want to be allowed to go quickly rather than vegetate, but it is my wish. I believe that it would be hers, also.

posted by benzinha on March 23, 2005 at 10:50 PM | link to this | reply

Re: One big difference between Terri...

According to this New York Times story (registration required) yesterday:

Ms. Schiavo suffered extensive brain damage when her heart stopped beating one night in 1990, due to a potassium deficiency that may have been caused by an eating disorder. She can breathe on her own and has periods of wakefulness, but Judge George Greer of Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, who presided over the case, accepted the testimony of doctors who said she was in a "persistent vegetative state" and incapable of thought or emotion.

More important, Judge Greer found credible Mr. Schiavo's testimony that his wife, who left no written directive, had said on several occasions that she would not want life-prolonging measures to be used for her.

Judge Whittemore frequently interjected questions, pressing Mr. Gibbs about his claim that Judge Greer had violated Ms. Schiavo's due process rights that and that he had not given her a fair trial. He pointed out that Judge Greer had held a "lengthy" trial and had appointed several independent "guardians ad litem" to represent Ms. Schiavo's interests, and that her parents had represented her interests, as they saw them, by fighting the tube removal.

posted by Mihail on March 22, 2005 at 12:33 PM | link to this | reply

One big difference between Terri...

...and someone making arrangements for assisted suicide is that Terri made no arrangements, and there's only the word of her husband and a couple or so of his family members who back him up when it comes to this story.

Remember, relatives of murdering child-molester, John Couey, withheld information about what he might have had to do with Jessica's disappearance, so people often go all out to protect their own.

This tale that Michael tells--one that's full of holes--doesn't go along with Terri's belief system throughout her life.

At times such as this, government needs to intervene.


posted by Ainsley_Jo_Phillips on March 22, 2005 at 9:08 AM | link to this | reply

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