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March 18, 2005

Subpoenas To Be Delivered To Same Judge Who'd Ordered Tube Pulled

Seems much less promising than it did last night, when I imagined a different judge would make the ruling.

Hearing scheduled to begin at 12:30.

Maybe More Promising: Sounds like it will be hard to rule against the request for a stay of judgment:

"We will issue a subpoena which will require hospice administrators and attending physicians to preserve nutrition and hydration for Terri Schiavo to allow Congress to fully understand the procedures and practices that are currently keeping her alive," House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis said in a statement. "The subpoena will be joined by a Senate investigation as well.

Congress does seem to have a right to get at the facts, especially as it's considering legislation.

But I do think that Judge Greer has an out if an out is wanted: the claim that this is simply interfering with the lawful rulings of the judiciary, and hence a violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.

And Judge Greer seems to be in favor of pulling the feeding tube.

Any ruling along those lines should trigger an appeal, and the sort of appeal that actually gets accepted for consideration. So there may be time left.

Bad News: And Greer said take the tube out.

And they did.


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