Friday, October 24, 2003
What a surprise.
I've commented extensively on this issue at the Battlefront.com forums, but have decided to take it here as part of my ongoing effort to reward all three people who mistakenly drift to this pageoff a Google search gone bad. Let me make it simple: I think Michael Schiavo is a perjurous scumbag and an adulterer who is only interested in the money contained in a trust fund that is supposed to care for Terri's rehabilitation. Of course, there are those who believe Michael Schiavo is responsible for Terri's condition, and now wants to kill the only witness to his crime.
The real question, in my mind, is why Michael has not been charged with a criminal violation of Fla.Stat.Ann. 798.02, "Lewd and Lascivious Behavior". If convicted, this crime of moral turpitude would disqualify Mr. Schiavo from serving as Terri's Guardian ad Litem, allowing another person who does not stand to gain from Terri's death to make the decision regarding her life.
Given the high profile of this case, I really wonder why State Attorney Bernie McCabe has not brought criminal charges against Schiavo? McCabe has certainly tackled controversial cases and issues in the past, so his reluctance to do so in this case is puzzling.
Other bloggers have chimed in on this issue.
In a new twist, it seems Schiavo's attorney may have failed to disclose his prior relationship with the "independent" examining physician in the case. Here in Texas, that is grounds not only for tossing the decision, but is also a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Here in Texas, such a breach of the Rules could lead to anything from a slap on the wrist to disbarment.
Frankly, it couldn't happen to a nicer fellow. Schiavo's attorney reminds me of a lawyer version of Jack Kevorkian (be warned, the ABC bio on Kevorkian is more pro-Jack than anti-Jack).