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Poll: Most disapprove of federal intervention

By wire services
Published March 24, 2005


More than two-thirds of people who describe themselves as evangelicals and conservatives disapprove of the intervention by Congress and President Bush in the case of Terri Schiavo.

A CBS News poll found that four of five people who were surveyed oppose federal intervention. And the levels of disapproval among key groups supporting the GOP were almost that high.

Most Americans say they feel sympathy for family members on both sides, according to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll.

Both polls have margins of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Dissenter has Tampa tie

On Wednesday, federal appeals court Judge Charles R. Wilson was a dissenting voice in two key decisions in the Schiavo case.

In the first, the Tampa resident broke with a three-judge panel that refused, by a 2-1 margin, to order Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted. In the second, Wilson dissented from the full court's 10-2 decision to refuse a request by Schiavo's parents for an emergency rehearing.

"I fail to see any harm in reinstating the feeding tube," Wilson wrote in the first decision. "On the other hand, a denial of the request ... will result in the death of Theresa Schiavo."

Wilson is a familiar face in bay area legal circles. The 50-year-old Notre Dame University graduate spent eight years as a judge before becoming the top federal prosecutor in Florida's middle district in the mid 1990s. In 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated him to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

- MARCUS FRANKLIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

[Last modified March 24, 2005, 01:21:06]


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