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What did the judge do?

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 26, 2005

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George Greer declined to grant Terri Schiavo's parents an emergency stay that would have barred removal of the feeding tube that keeps her alive. He ordered that the tube be removed at 1 p.m. March 18.

What happens next?

Attorneys for Schiavo's parents are expected to argue several motions before Judge George Greer in the time that remains. They want to remove Michael Schiavo as his wife's guardian, appeal several decisions, and seek more medical testing. They also may try to block the March 18 date.

How many times has Schiavo's feeding tube been removed?

Twice. In April 2001, for 60 hours before a judge ordered it reinserted after a lawsuit accused Michael Schiavo of committing perjury by saying his wife did not want to be kept alive by artificial means. The suit was dismissed. In October 2003, Schiavo went six days without food and water before state lawmakers adopted "Terri's Law," allowing Gov. Jeb Bush to order the tube reinserted. The Florida Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.

Can Bush or the Legislature do anything?

One bill has been filed that would make it illegal to remove a feeding tube from a patient who doesn't have a living will. But it is unclear if it could apply to Schiavo. The legislative session begins March 8.

What does Michael Schiavo say about all this?

Nothing directly. He has rarely granted interviews in the last year.

[Last modified February 26, 2005, 01:16:05]

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