Patterico's Pontifications


Schiavo’s Chances Not Looking Good

Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 10:50 pm

The judge in the Schiavo case has expressed skepticism about the parents’ chance of prevailing:

The judge assigned to the case, James Whittemore, expressed skepticism about the Schindlers’ lawsuit. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to convince me that you have a substantial likelihood” of success, he said, declining to give an immediate order to restore the feeding tube.

That doesn’t bode well for the chances of his issuing any sort of timely injunction, which means Schiavo could well starve to death before the court issues its ruling.

UPDATE: The denial is being appealed.

Terri Schiavo’s CT Scan

Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 10:30 pm

CodeBlueBlog has this interesting analysis of Terri Schiavo’s CT scan.

If there are any other medical professionals out there with a view about this, I’d love to hear it.

Schiavo Affidavits and Other Legal Documents

Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 10:18 pm

Reading one of Tom Maguire’s posts today, I noticed that an link of mine to affidavits in the Schiavo case (in this October 2003 post) is broken.

But more copies are now available. You can still read all of the affidavits quoted in that post:

Carla Iyer

Heidi Law

Carolyn Johnson (whose first name is inexplicably redacted)

A full index of other affidavits and other legal documents from the case can be found here.

Words of Wisdom

Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 10:04 pm

Mickey Kaus:

Opposition to the Florida court’s ruling seems like a legitimate protest against what appears to be a disingenuous machinery of euthanasia lawyers are busy establishing under the guise of a “right to die” (a right Terry Schiavo can only be said to be exercising by an extremely suspect chain of reasoning). … Our society is going to have to have this out at some point–why not now? And why isn’t it a perfectly reasonable issue for the national legislature to address?

I need hardly say that I agree.

At the same time, I recognize that it’s a tough issue. I am almost as horrified by the possibility that Terri Schiavo wanted to die and is being kept alive against her will, as I am by the possibility that she wants to live, and probably will be cruelly starved and dehydrated to death.

The main reason that the latter horrifies me more is the undeniable fact that, even if she wanted to die, this is the wrong way for her to go. As long you are not a fanatic, you must understand that she may feel wrenching hunger pangs and longing for liquids. That should horrify you.

If you believe that she wants to die, and that she should be allowed to die, then fight for the right of people in her situation to be killed the way we would kill a beloved pet — or even the way most states would kill a brutal murderer: through a quick and painless lethal injection.

For me, I want something more as well. I want the law to change to give adequate due process protections for people in her position, as I argued here. Life and death decisions like these should not be made by a single judge, based upon the hearsay testimony of a conflicted man like Michael Schiavo, according to a civil standard of proof.

If Terri Schiavo’s wish to die had been determined by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt, and she could die by a quick and painless lethal injection, you wouldn’t see me blogging about this. I wouldn’t be posting at 2:45 a.m. about it. I could go along with a decision like that.

But something like this, I have to fight.

That doesn’t make me a religious fanatic or a grandstander. It makes me a human being.

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