New Twist On The Schiavo Case - Did Michael Wait To Call 911?

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    Probe Sought in Terri Schiavo 911 Call

    By JACKIE HALLIFAX
    The Associated Press
    Friday, June 17, 2005; 1:09 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that a prosecutor has agreed to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, citing an alleged gap in time from when her husband found her and called 911.

    In a letter faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Bush said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 25, 1990, and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at 5:40 a.m.

    "Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush wrote. "In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome."

    McCabe was out of state Friday and couldn't immediately be reached for comment, but Bush said McCabe has agreed to his request.

    Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment from The Associated Press. But on Wednesday he said his client didn't wait to call for help. He said his client has conceded that he confuses dates and times.

    Felos has said that if Michael Schiavo had not called 911 immediately, as Bush and others allege, Terri Schiavo would have died that day.

    "There is no hour gap or other gap to the point Michael heard Terri fall and called 911," Felos said. "We've seen the baseless allegations in this case fall by the wayside one by one ... That's what I would call it, a baseless claim to perpetuate a controversy that in fact doesn't exist."

    Terri Schiavo died March 31 from dehydration after her feeding tube was disconnected at her husband's request, despite unsuccessful efforts by her parents, Bush and others to keep her alive.

    An autopsy released Wednesday concluded that she had been in a persistent vegetative state and revealed no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused before she collapsed.

    It left unanswered the question of why Terri Schiavo's heart stopped, cutting oxygen off from her brain. The autopsy showed she suffered irreversible brain damage and her brain had shrunk to half the normal size for her age.

    Bush's request was immediately criticized by some lawmakers.

    "Enough is enough," said Democratic Sen. Ron Klein. "I don't want to see it on TV any more, I don't want to hear politicians talk about it. Let her be at peace."

    Bush acknowledged in his letter that an investigation may be difficult.

    "I understand that these events took place many years ago, and that you may not be able to collect all the relevant records and physical evidence. However, Mrs. Schiavo's family deserves to know anything that can be done to determine the cause and circumstances of her collapse 15 years ago," Bush wrote. "The unanswered questions may be unanswerable, but the attempt should be made."
     
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    So why wasn't this request made years ago? Can we all say, "Shameful political pandering
    to a select voting block" (that being the right to lifers)?
    Maybe he does plan to run for Pres..in 08.
     
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    As far as I understand he is going to take the Senate Seat being vacated by the Dem Senator from FL.
     
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    Wouldn't this be a "he said, she said" thing? She isn't saying much, this is going to go nowhere and is worthless government spending.
     
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    Two thumbs up to both your posts. And Mr. P. You are both absolutely correct.

    How can someone remember exactly what happened that many years ago - especially in a traumatic situation?

    Ole Jeb was pushing to side with the parents - now he can't let it go.

    Definitely positioning for 2008.
     
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    Just another shameful attempt at politicizing this case. All this has already been examined many times and each time Mr. Schiavo has been exonerated. Jeb knows he'll never be president so he's looking for his 15 minutes.
     
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    you go on and on dissing the case to justify your own opinion on euthanazation...the point of opening the case is to complete the investigation that was incomplete...ie:the alleged corruption of the county system as it was tied to the attorney of record for Mr.Michael Schaivo...who was... if you remember... a board member of the hospice she so conveniently was euthanized in...maybe they want to find out exactly where all the money set aside for her rehab actually went...and while they are at it find the missing admittance record for her original injury....not to hard to grasp the concept unless you are so set in your ways that you refuse to let go of antiquated thought process(I'm right and don't care what you say!) :rolleyes:
     
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    And you are doing the same to those who think this should just be left alone.
     
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    You opened this post...why did you not leave it alone and let law enforcement do their job! :shocked:
     
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    I get amusement of absurdity.
     

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