The St. Petersburg Times reports:
State investigators found no signs that Terri Schiavo was being abused during several inquiries from 2001 to 2004, according to records released Friday.
The Florida Department of Children & Families logged 89 complaints over those years that claimed Schiavo, who resided in a hospice in Pinellas Park, had a variety of problems caused by abuse, including bed sores, suspicious needle marks and broken bones.
In response to the claims, department investigators made unannounced visits to the hospice. They concluded that Schiavo was in good condition, given her circumstances.
…Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge George Greer ordered the state to release the reports after several news organizations, including the St. Petersburg Times, sued to have the records opened.If you’re here looking for an apology, feel free to ask those who’ve advocated that Terri was abused – a group that does not include me. My argument has alway been that Terri’s intent was never proven (one way or another) to a “clear and convincing standard” mandated by the Supreme Court. That no judge would challenge Judge Greer’s initial finding of fact on this point is the tragedy of the situation, though it’s a fairly common outcome in appeals. Appeals aren’t new trials, and findings of fact are rarely examined, let alone reversed.