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Florida Court Won't Reopen Schiavo Case

Thursday, 30 December 2004 12:00 AM

Michael Schiavo's former in-laws, Bob and Mary Schindler, argued for a new trial, saying if their daughter did not want to be kept alive artificially, as her husband contends, she would have changed her mind, given recent statements by Pope John Paul II.

The pope has said a person in a persistent vegetative state has the right to nutrition and hydration and to withhold them would be a sin.

Attorney David Gibbs III, who filed the appeal, could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, other lawyers for the Schindlers filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday in support of Gov. Jeb Bush's request that the U.S. Supreme Court intervene.

``This is a case that certainly deserves consideration by the Supreme Court, and we are supporting the governor's office,'' said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice of Washington.

The center argues the court should grant Bush's request for review of a Florida Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional an October 2003 statute known as ``Terri's Law.''

The law allowed the governor to order Mrs. Schiavo's feeding tube replaced after her husband, with a judge's approval, had it removed. The state Supreme Court struck down the law on grounds that Bush violated the separation of powers.

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