Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Schiavo case -- end of the line?

"An autopsy on Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused."

So, with a high degree of fanfare that must surely disappoint Governor Bush, the medical examiner has essentially determined that Michael Schiavo (and the entire state and federal court system) were correct regarding his wife's condition and her parents and the meddling legislative and executive branches of both state and federal governments were wrong.

Will this be the end of the tale? Perhaps not. The Schindlers, perhaps expecting this result had already complained about not being able to have an autopsy conducting by their own "experts". They did not accept the diagnostic results showing that their daughter's brain was half gone so why would they be more convinced by physical evidence? After all, the Pope was on their side but, of course, he is now dead.

Perhaps the Schindlers will appologize to Michael Schiavo for all of the bogus allegations. Perhaps Governor Bush will appogize to the citizens of Florida for wasting tax dollars. Perhaps Senator Bill Frist will apologize for claiming he could make an expert medical diagnosis from a selected Internet video segment of a woman seeming to follow motion now that we know that the woman was blind.

Perhaps all of this will come to pass. Probably on the day that pigs begin to fly and Tom Sneddon appologizes to Michael Jackson and the citizens of Santa Barbara county.


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