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Jeb Bush Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Schiavo Case

Thursday, 02 December 2004 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, the governor's attorneys filed an appeal with the nation's highest court in which they argued that the Florida Supreme Court ruling has ``ominous'' implications for ``the most vulnerable of our citizens who cannot speak for themselves.''

George Felos, the attorney for Schiavo's husband, Michael, called the appeal another delaying tactic by the governor. He said he doubts the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.

``I think every independent legal scholar who has looked at this case and the decision of the Florida Supreme Court will agree there is no real arguable basis for federal jurisdiction,'' Felos said.

Schiavo is at the center of one of the nation's longest and most bitter ritght-to-die battles, a dispute that has pitted her husband against her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

Schiavo, who will turn 41 on Friday, suffered severe brain damage after collapsing in 1990 because of an eating disorder. Some doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope for recovery, while doctors brought in by her parents say there is a chance she could regain some faculties.

She left no written instructions, but her husband has argued that she made it clear before her collapse that she would never want to be kept alive artificially. Her parents dispute that.

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