Schiavo Inquiry Called

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

The letter outlines the items Bush finds troubling. Bush’s letter to the state’s attorney says that because the autopsy ruled out an eating disorder or blunt trauma, the cause of Mrs. Schiavo’s injuries is more in doubt than ever.

The governor also says he is concerned about a potential gap between the woman’s discovery and the call to 9-1-1.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, "The time that could be anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and 10 minutes between when Terri Schiavo collapsed and when the 9-1-1 call was made. That’s a significant fact that needs to be investigated."

The question about the timing of the 9-1-1 call was contained in evidence sealed in the malpractice case but made public by the medical examiner.

The ACLU believes that since the autopsy proved Mrs. Schiavo could not have recovered, the latest inquiry is an attempt to get egg off the faces of politicians from Washington to Tallahassee.

Larry Spalding of the ACLU says, "They made factual statements that were totally in error trying to make political points with religious rights and it has all turned out to be wrong."

The governor’s letter sets no timetable for completing the investigation, but he says he hopes it will be quick.

"After 15 years it may be difficult to garner new information, but I think the effort has to be made," says Bush.

Given the time lapse Bush concedes the unanswered questions may be unanswerable. Bush has not talked to the Schindler family personally about the inquiry, but says his legal office may have given them a courtesy call.


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