Interesting story about a dispute related to terminating life sup
port for comatose patients
VOLOKH at MAIL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Tue Aug 14 20:15:52 PDT 2001
Seems like it might be an interesting accompaniment to classroom
discussions of Cruzan, and to a smaller extent Glucksberg. Incidentally,
has there been anything written about the conflicts of interest raised
specifically when a life-or-death decision is made by a spouse, who bears
direct legal and financial burdens -- beyond even the usual concerns about
friterring away an inheritance or lack of emotional closure -- from the
other spouse's continued survival?
Parents of comatose Florida
woman ask judge to step
down from case, alleging
By PAT LEISNER
The Associated Press
8/14/01 9:29 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of a
comatose woman have asked a judge who ordered her
feedings to be stopped to step down from the case,
accusing him of bias.
In a petition filed Tuesday, Bob and Mary Schindler cited
Pinellas Probate Court Judge George Greer's refusal to
consider the possibility raised by some neurologists that
their daughter is not in a vegetative state.
Terri Schiavo has been in a coma for 11 years since
suffering a heart attack.
Greer has twice ruled that Terri Schiavo's husband and
guardian, Michael Schiavo, can remove his wife's feeding
tube and let her die. Greer's most recent ruling on Aug. 7
said there was no new evidence presented that she wasn't
brain dead. . . .
Before making his determination, Greer admitted he did not
read affidavits from six of the seven doctors who challenge
whether she is in a vegetative state, and reaffirmed his
earlier order to withdraw the feeding tube without a
hearing. . . .
Michael Schiavo maintains he is complying with his wife's
unwritten wishes not to be kept alive artificially.
The Schindlers say Michael Schiavo would collect
hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife won in a
malpractice award and be free to marry his girlfriend should
she die. . . .
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