Straight Up with Sherri

Monday, April 18, 2005

Michael Schiavo's Legal MONEY WELL! Funny We Didn't Hear About THIS BEFORE!

Schiavo case relied on lawyers' largess

By the Los Angeles Times


Monday, April 18, 2005

PINELLAS PARK — For the final two weeks of Terri Schiavo's life, Jon B. Eisenberg was part of her husband's legal team. But he knew he wouldn't walk away with a fee.

Instead, the California lawyer said, he spent $2,800 of his own money to travel to Washington when it looked like the Supreme Court might agree to hear the case.

"Flight, hotels, food, cab, Alka-Seltzer, coffee, it all came from my pocket," Eisenberg, an appellate attorney from Oakland said. "As someone who believes in the Constitution, it was an obligation, it was an honor."


Terri Schiavo died March 31 at 41. Long before the court battle between her husband and her parents over whether to disconnect her feeding tube reached its headline-generating crescendo, many other people had stepped in to participate, including some who helped pay the legal bills.

Bob and Mary Schindler, the retired Gulfport couple who filed petitions, motions and appeals since 1998 to keep their brain-damaged daughter alive, couldn't afford to pay for the legal work themselves.

"Litigation is very expensive. Mr. Schindler asked us for help after he had exhausted his own fund resources," (awwww) said Dana Cody, executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Napa, Calif. The fund contributed more than $350,000 over the past four years.

For at least a year and a half, whether Terri Schiavo's feeding tube should be disconnected and the woman allowed to die became a battleground in America's culture wars, with lawyers and donors from conservative Christian, anti-abortion and disability-rights organizations arrayed against attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and advocates of the right of individuals to choose their medical treatment.

"We're a group that tries to maintain the sanctity of human life, and we think this case could set a dangerous precedent for those who have become disabled," Cody said. "We want to prevent society of hastening the death of those it deems inconvenient."

On the other side, the ACLU contributed the services of two Florida-based lawyers "because it was important to prevent a giant step backward to the legal and constitutional principles that we have in this country, that people have a right to refuse unwanted medical care," said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

The organization was involved in the case since the autumn of 2003, when the Florida Legislature passed a law, later struck down as unconstitutional, that authorized Gov. Jeb Bush to order the feeding tube reinserted.


"No one, no attorney in Mrs. Schiavo's case has been paid for work since July of 2002," said George J. Felos, who represented Michael Schiavo since he submitted the original petition. "I don't know if anyone has added up the hours, but it's obviously enormous."

Oh, I am SURE it has been added up by SOMEONE!

Read it ALL!


  • See my blog Teknosis:

    It has a post that includes an e-mail from Dr. "Death" Cranford.

    Also here was my latest post to my Terri's Justice Yahoo!Group

    The following was a challenge given out [Ed. note: which has now been slightly modified April 18, 2005] and also included below is a URL for our press release:

    From your friendly neighborhood moderator/creator of terrisjustice. See below. We have been challenged and now I must issue my challenge to you.

    Those in the pinnacles of authority [Jeb Bush and others] believe that we are going to melt away and give up seeking justice for Terri.

    The famous motto of the Zapatistas is one response of ours in this regard: Ya Basta!

    We will never surrender! We will never tire!

    Challenge to you: go out and inform 10 other people what happened to Terri. Get them signed on terrisjustice. Ask them to do the same.

    This is how the grassroots grows and is the only true means of getting a true geometrical progression realized.

    If you are not for getting justice for Terri against those with blood on their hands do not join this list. If you are a spy or have mal-intents and you try to join or succeed in joining please leave the list or it may be that one day you will die a horrible death not at our hands but as a result of your disingenuous actions which resulted in karmic repercussions. This is a form of what is called felos-de-se (a senseless or purposeful act of self-murder).


    A great deal of lee-way is necessary, given the scope of the work, and I am committed to freedom of expression. HOWEVER, it does sometimes become necessary to remind ourselves of our purpose and the basic rules of etiquette when communicating with others.

    Flame wars and attacks on the character of others are not allowed on this list, and other members of the list not involved should not be subjected to emails containing such material - carry them on in private please if you must, or more adult behavior, don't indulge in them at all.

    We will remind once in awhile if things get a little out of hand, and any continued offense will be dealt with by either a moderation of the posts of the offender(s) or, when all else fails, a complete ban on those posts, especially when several complaints have been received from offended list members.

    We have never had to take action in some years of doing this, and we hope this will never be necessary. Thank you for your support, and may your experience on this list be as enjoyable as it is informative.

    URL for press release [also contained in Yahoo! News]:


    By Blogger pc93, at 11:41 AM  

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