23 March 2005

Will Jeb pull an "Elian" with Terri Schiavo?

According to the Palm Beach Post's web site, the Florida Department of Children and Families is considering whether an unusual interpretation of state law justifies taking Terri Schiavo from the Hospice House Woodside against the will of her guardian and husband, Michael Schiavo. This may lead to an event that equals the dramatic abduction of Elian Gonzalez in the summer of 2000.

Lucy Hadi, Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, said this morning that her staff is relying on a state law, s. 415.1051(2), F.S., which would allow the state government to remove Terri Schiavo from her hospice, "by force if necessary," in order to intervene on behalf of a vulnerable adult who is "suffering from abuse or neglect that presents a risk of death or serious physical injury."

The opinion of DCF is disputed by many experts. "My belief is that this would be a misuse of the statute," stated Scott M. Solkoff who chairs the Elder Law Division of the Florida Bar. "Going under Chapter 415 is no different than the Congress subpoenaing Terri Schiavo. It's a silly maneuver designed to accomplish a political purpose."

Only time will tell if Jeb Bush's political appointee will put politics over the law of Florida.


Anonymous gator78 said...

Do we live in a police state? Do the Bushes respect the law at all? What is wrong with the people who are supporting these tyrants? This is unbelievable!

4:56:00 PM  
Blogger American On Line said...

We are in the midst of fascist takeover. It may not look like the black and white films of the 30s and 40s, but this is merely one prong, on estep, in an all the attacks upon our freedoms that this country is being subjected to.


5:04:00 PM  
Blogger American On Line said...

Governor Jeb Bush, as did his hero, Governor George Wallace, symbolically stood at the door of justice and stuck his middle finger out at the law, courts and our constitution. He did this to cement his credentials for the wingnut section of his party. He no doubt has the 2008 or 2012 presidential election in mind, and as such, was willing to follow his older brother's strategy: me first, let the country be damned.

Jeb Bush does not deserve a free pass for what may be criminal conduct in the Schiavo matter. The facts reported are that he entered into a conspiracy with others to send out the F.D.L.E. and thereby violate Judge Greer's court order. For this, he should be investigated, and if true, he should prosecuted for conspiracy to obstruct justice, indirect criminal contempt, and any other criminal law that was violated under Florida law.

3:05:00 PM  

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