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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Autopsy Decision Not Made By Michael Schiavo, Official Says

Let me eat crow again!?!? As I read the Florida Statute, to me, it clearly states that an autopsy is to be done if the body is to be cremated.

UPDATE: Listening to Glenn Beck, it seems Glenn and Bobby Schindler both also agree that an autopsy on Terri is to be done according to Flordia Law. If I am wrong, I would rather be in the camp of the likes of Glenn Beck and Bobby Schindler than the likes of George Felos. Any attorneys out there want to clear this up? I think at least we can all agree that we are learning a bit about why the legal system can be so open to interpretation.


Autopsy Decision Not Made By Michael Schiavo, Official Says


CLEARWATER - It is not up to Michael Schiavo to decide whether his wife, Terri, should undergo an autopsy after death. "He doesn't have any choice in the matter,'' said Bill Pellan, director of investigations for the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office.

Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin decides when an autopsy is required under state law, Pellan said.

On Monday, attorney George Felos announced that Michael Schiavo wanted an autopsy performed to silence critics who have accused him of planning to have Terri Schiavo's remains cremated to cover up wrongdoing.

"Claims have been made there is some motive behind the cremation,'' Felos said.

Pellan said Thogmartin had already decided that Terri Schiavo's situation requires him to perform an autopsy when another Schiavo lawyer called Monday to find out whether that was the case.

"There have been allegations that this is not a natural death,'' Pellan said.

Also, under state law, the medical examiner has the discretion of performing an autopsy when a body is to be cremated.

Michael Schiavo has obtained court permission to do so over the objection of Bob and Mary Schindler.

The Schindlers fought a seven-year legal battle with Schiavo over his desire to have his wife's feeding tube removed. They also objected on religious grounds to Schiavo's plans to cremate their daughter.

"Cremation is a very final form of disposition, and people want to make sure'' it is not done to cover up wrongdoing, Pellan said.

Michael Schiavo attorney Deborah Bushnell said her client wanted an autopsy performed when she called Monday to find out if that was Thogmartin's plan, Pellan said.

Felos and Bushnell could not be reached for comment.

3 Comments:

  • I just want to apologize for the difficulty for you all to post comments. Blogger seems to have spells with server problems.

    I am having great difficulty in posting stories also.

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 12:03 PM  

  • As I read the statute, I find some ambiguity there. One of the great differences between laws written by legislatures and the U.S. Constitution is their perspective. Laws seem to be written assuming that the government officials are competent, honest, and have the best interests of society at heart. This is not so with the U.S. Constitution which presumes government officials to be evil, power-grabbing, tyrannical would-be overlords.
    I like the Constitution a lot better. If I were king (that's sarcastic), all laws would be written to command government officials to serve their masters (the people), rather than to limit to the freedom of the people and subjugate them to the whim of politicians and bureaucrats.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 12:13 PM  

  • I AGREE WITH THE NUT JOB .......NEAL BORTZ SAID EARLIER TODAY THAT THE CONSTITUTION WASNOT MADE TO SERVE PUBLIC OPINION OR MOB RULE BUT TO SERVE RULE OF LAW. AND WE ARE ALL BETTER FOR IT

    DW7448

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:40 PM  

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