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Press Release - Papers filed today in Schiavo case
A high-profile litigant who many consider to be the best hope yet to save Terri Schiavo, has filed a motion today with the Florida Supreme Court asking for clarification of their recent 4-3 decision declining jurisdiction of his lawsuit against the hospice which, the suit alleges, is not legally allowed to hold the nonterminal handicapped patients, such as Clearwater resident, Theresa "Terri" Schiavo.
LAKELAND, FL (The Register) Wednesday, 09 March 2005 - Gordon Watts of Lakeland, Florida, filed a motion earlier today for clarification with the state’s high court. The suit seeks a writ of habeas corpus to challenge the alleged illegal detention by the hospice.
Watts was not allowed a hearing on his petition, unlike the similar suit that was brought by the governor through court rules guaranteeing Bush a hearing. (RULE 9.030(a)(1)(A)(ii), Jurisdiction of Supreme Court / Appeal Jurisdiction: "The supreme court shall review, by appeal decisions of district courts of appeal declaring invalid a state statute or a provision of the state constitution.")
However, after both petitions were denied, and there was a level playing ground, Watts did much better than the State’s Governor: Bush was denied rehearing on a 7-0 vote in the state’s highest court, and Watts was denied rehearing before the same state court on a 4-3 vote, prompting many in the disability rights community to laud his efforts.
Watts, who filed his petition with the court electronically earlier today (email@example.com), is acting without the financial or press relations support of any large organization, and, many think would have picked up one more vote and outright won the case had he had the "heavy hitter" support. Many believe that judges are acting in ways that are outside the bounds of the laws and support Watts’ efforts to address perceived injustices in the system, such as placement of physically handicapped persons in hospice facilities, which are only allowed to admit terminally ill patients or the denial of basic medical care, such as antibiotics.
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