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Schiavo Update

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

The courts shut two more doors in the battle to keep Terri Schiavo alive. Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene, and a circuit judge said the state has no right to take custody of her.

Activists still insist Gov. Jeb Bush has the power to step in, and they’re urging him not to give up.

Gov. Jeb Bush is getting plenty of unsolicited legal advice on how to proceed in the Schiavo case. Former UN ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes flew in with a legal brief, insisting Bush has the power to physically take Terri Schiavo into custody.

Alan Keyes says, “He not only has the right to follow his conscience in this matter, he has the constitutional duty to do so.”

Attorney Larry Klayman says if that means a tug-of-war between officials and police in Terri Schiavo’s hospice room, so be it.

Larry says, “Well, what counts is the result. Sometimes you have to do hard things in life. Things don’t happen because we’re all nice guys.”

State Rep. Aaron Bean sits on a committee that oversees spending for the Department of Children and Families, the agency which sought custody of Schiavo. Bean thinks the state still has options.

Rep. Alan Bean, (R) Fernandina Beach, says, “You know I’m going to urge that we play every single card that we have. Life is on the line. Life is truly on the line.”

While demonstrators camp in his office, Gov. Jeb Bush has spent the day behind closed doors, presumably reviewing what last-minute options he does have, but with Schiavo nearing the end of her first week without a feeding tube, time is clearly running out.

A spokesman for the governor said late Thursday afternoon that he does not have special powers to take custody of Terri Schiavo.

A federal judge is slated to hear another appeal later in the evening, but it's the same Tampa judge who already refused to reinsert Schiavo's feeding tube.


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