| A 26 year old woman collapses and is left brain damaged while alone with her husband, who three years later is engaged to his "future wife", and live in girlfriend; whose mother works in the Pinellas county Sheriff's office.
A situation where the disabled wife is released from the hospital showing improvement mentally and physically, at the same time her husband, and his attorney/employer, were seeking through legal channels, for the husband to be appointed plenary-guardian of the wife's 'person' and 'property'.
A case where the wife is showing 'improvement mentally and physically' and the husband has experimental brain surgery performed on her; and reported:
"The brain stimulator implant was a success, said her husband, Mike. Mrs. Schiavo is slowly emerging from the coma at the Mediplex Medical Center, a neurological care center in Bradenton, he said. She will undergo at least a year of speech, occupational and physical therapy." [ St. Petersburg Times, Feb 17,1991. pg.3]
The following year the husband sues two doctors. One case is settled out of Court. The other goes to jury. The malpractice suit brings in $2 million for the wife. The husband gets his own money from the suit.[ November 1992] The husband and his in-laws worked together before and during the mal-practice, until husband's attorney got control of the money from the suit [January 1993]; after which [February 14, 1993], the husband refused to use the money to help his wife, or his in-laws who had helped him win the suit by testifying in his favor.
A case where the husband makes the first attempt to end the wife's life [July 1993] a few months after he gets possession of the malpractice money and has already met his 'future wife and live in girlfriend. *He ordered that the wife not be treated for a urinany tract infection. [Which would have meant sure death. ]
In December 1993, the husband and his future wife begin paper work on a house they buy together. He uses money from malpractice suit to pay his share of the cost.
In the beginning of 1995, the husband meets with a right to die attorney.
In July 1997, the husband, still married to the disabled wife, announces engagement to his live lay eyes on herin girlfriend.
In May 1998, the husband filed a Petition to stop feeding the wife.
On April 24, 2001, the wife's feeding tube is clamped-off, and feeding her is stopped.
On October 15, 2003, the wife's feeding tube is removed for the first time.
In November, 2004, four days before joining Florida's House of Representatives , Sheriff Everett Rice hired the husband to work in the Inmates Medical Care Division of the Pinellas County Jail. [Rice was elected Pinellas County Sheriff in 1988 and was in office when the husband made the 911 call in February 1990.]
On March 18, 2005, the wife's feeding tube is removed a second time, she is denied food and/or water for 13 days. She dies March 31, 2005, and less than a year later the husband marries the live- in- girlfriend.
A case in which not one of the judges involved in the wife's 15 year old case ever lay eyes on her or ever had her in their court rooms.
A case where the judge in the wife's 1990 guardianship case is still controlling the case fifteen years later.
"Terri's Law" was enacted in October 2003, when a disabled and brain-damaged woman was being starved to death by judicial order in Florida. Terri Schiavo had collapsed in her apartment from lack of oxygen in 1990 at age 26.
Terri had never executed a written living will. There were questions regarding whether the judges in this case had actually followed Florida law. There were differing statements given in court about her end-of-life wishes. There was conflicting medical testimony as to whether rehabilitation could help Terri. This was the climate in which Terri's Law was enacted by the Legislature and signed by the governor.
Florida citizens were justifiably concerned that an innocent, disabled Florida woman was being put to death by court order under extremely questionable and horrific circumstances. If the proceedings that led up to the execution of serial-killer Ted Bundy had been handled in the same way, Bundy's conviction would have been overturned.
Capital felons on trial for their lives in Florida are entitled to independent counsel, competent representation, trial by jury and automatic review of their death-penalty case by the Florida Supreme Court. Yet Terri, utterly innocent of any wrongdoing, received none of these protections.
Additionally, had Bundy been ordered to die slowly by starvation and dehydration (as Terri likely will), his penalty would assuredly have been reversed by the courts as "cruel and unusual" punishment.
The governor has the ability, in a criminal death sentence, to grant clemency. The Legislature only sought to extend the same protection to Terri Schiavo.
The legislative and executive branches have equally important roles to play in protecting the handicapped. The state's duty is to preserve life, not arbitrarily end it. " -Daniel Webster
Florida State Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, was sponsor of the "Terri's Law" legislation.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2014/01/02/Terri-Schiavos-family-joins-fight-to-keep-Jahi-McMath-on-ventilator/4341388680024/#ixzz2vlXIfe8b
Note: Michael Schiavo begin his efforts to end his wife's life in 1993. see http://www.nevin.net/1993_ms_depo.htm pgs13-14
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."--John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770.