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Crist stays away from Schiavo case

Associated Press
Published October 4, 2003

TAMPA - Attorney General Charlie Crist on Friday said he won't get involved in the case of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman scheduled to have her feeding tube removed this month.

A federal judge had asked Crist to address the question of the constitutionality of Florida law dealing with the right of severely incapacitated people to refuse artificial life support, which is the issue at the center of the Schiavo case.

Crist ruled the law constitutional, but said he wouldn't get further involved.

A federal judge has set an Oct. 10 hearing in a lawsuit filed by Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, against their son-in-law, Michael Schiavo. The Schindlers want to block the Oct. 15 removal of the feeding tube that has been keeping their daughter alive.

Terri Schiavo, 39, suffered severe brain damage more than a decade ago and remains in what doctors call a "persistent vegetative state." A Circuit Court judge last month ordered the removal of her feeding tube.

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