The legal battle to save Terri Schiavo is for all intents and purposes over.
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Terri Schiavo’s parents Thursday, declining to intervene to keep the brain-damaged woman alive, but their supporters pressed a last-ditch effort in Florida courts.
Justices didn’t explain their decision, which was received by somber supporters outside the woman’s hospice with bowed heads and prayers for help from Gov. Jeb Bush.
Gov. Bush and the state’s social services agency filed a petition in state court to take custody of Schiavo and, presumably, reconnect her feeding tube. It cited new allegations of neglect and challenges Schiavo’s diagnosis as being in a persistent vegetative state. The request is based on the opinion of a neurologist working for the state who observed Schiavo at her bedside but did not conduct an examination of her.
The custody request by Bush was made before Circuit Judge George Greer, who has presided over the case for years and ordered the feeding tube removed last month. Greer planned to decide by noon Thursday on whether the case would go forward.Judge Greer undoubtedly will deny the custody request. Game, set, match, death…
On a related note there have been a lot of stories about polls showing support 60% to 80% support for keeping the courts and/or the government out of this messy family affair. A lesser publicized statistic is that 80% of Terri’s immediate family wishes that the courts not order that she be killed by starvation.