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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Not Taking 'No' For An Answer ... For the 20th Time

(Quick Note: I can't find the exact figures for how many judges the Terri Schiavo case has gone in front of, but if you count the supreme Court as 9, upwards of 20 judges have all ruled in favour of Michael Schiavo's guardianship rights over Terri Schiavo's end of life decision.) It seems Tom DeLay's bill was all for nothing -- this morning, U.S. District Judge James Whittlemore denied the Schindlers' emergency request to have the feeding tube reinserted, saying that "this court concludes that Theresa Schiavo's life and liberty interests were adequately protected by the extensive process provided in the state courts". And yet, CNN reports breaking news that the Schindlers will be appealing this new decision in the Atlanta Court of Appeals. Again, this is turning into a complete abuse of the justice system -- fishing not for an outcome that is just and fair, but the one that makes you happy regardless of questionable legality of your case and the bad precedents you'll be setting. I said once that I thought that the Schindlers were being selfish in their fight to keep Terri Schiavo. They don't have her best interests in mind; they've been placing her wishes second to theirs in their inability to let her go, an understandably human if somewhat self-interested position. But now, the Schindlers have gone too far, and they don't care if they step on the president, the justice system, or the entire American people, in order to have it their way.

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