News in the Terri Schiavo case is a bit confusing today, as an appeal court ruling yesterday against Terri’s parents seems set to trigger the removal of her feeding tube; if not today then very soon. Maya Bell, in The Orlando Sentinel, reports:
CLEARWATER — Unless a court grants Terri Schiavo’s parents another delay, her husband plans to remove the feeding tube keeping his wife alive early this afternoon, allowing the severely brain-damaged woman to die.
An attorney for Michael Schiavo said he is authorized to remove the life support for his wife, Terri, as soon as the 2nd District Court of Appeal issues an order that finalizes its last ruling against his in-laws in their seven-year legal battle to keep their daughter alive.
On Monday, the Lakeland court said it would release the order, known as a mandate, at 1 p.m. today.
Exactly what the order will say could prove critical. But Michael Schiavo’s attorney was confident it would be a perfunctory ruling sending the case back to the trial judge, who has repeatedly ruled that Terri Schiavo would reject the artificial life support that has kept her alive for 15 years.
If so, attorney George Felos said, Michael Schiavo will immediately withdraw his wife’s feeding tube.Regardless of the decision this afternoon, unless something dramatic happens Michael Shiavo will get his wish very soon.
Additional information is available via Bloggers for Terri Schiavo.
Update: Blogs for Terri reports that Judge Greer issued a temporary stay until Wednesday 5:00PM. Unless the parents score a legal victory in hearing tomorrow Michael will take action to begin the process of ending Terri’s life by removing her feeding tube Wednesday evening.