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US Senate passed Schiavo bill
March 20, 2013
On March 20, 2005, the US Senate passed legislation to move Terri Schiavo's case into the federal court system. Schiavo was a woman living in a vegetative state in Florida whose parents and husband engaged in an eight year battle over extending her life support, which became the centerpiece of a hig....... [more]

President Bush signed Schiavo bill
March 21, 2011
On March 21, 2005, US President George W. Bush signed legislation allowing the federal courts to review the case of a brain-damaged Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, whose "persistent vegetative state" led her husband, Michael Schiavo, to request the removal of her feeding tube against the wishes of her....... [more]

Florida Supreme Court denied rehearing in Schiavo case
October 21, 2010
On October 21, 2004, the Supreme Court of Florida denied a request by Florida Governor Jeb Bush that it reconsider its decision striking down the law blocking Terri Schiavo's husband from removing her feeding tube. The court had ruled unanimously to strike down the law, which the state legislature h....... [more]

Living and Dying in a Post-Schiavo World
December 3, 2005
JURIST Guest Columnist Tom Mayo, professor of law at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, and Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, says that the Terri Schiavo case earlier this year changed the ground-rules for medical decision-making on behalf....... [more]

Senate passes emergency hurricane relief bill
September 2, 2005
In an emergency session Thursday night, the US Senate passed a bill to provide $10.5 billion in emergency relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The measure was approved by voice vote with only four Senators present on the floor. Read Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's floor statement ....... [more]

Florida closes Schiavo case after finding no criminal wrongdoing
July 8, 2005
Florida State Attorney Bernie McCabe announced Thursday that he had found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing with respect to the collapse of Terri Schiavo 15 years ago. Following Schiavo's autopsy last month, Govenor Jeb Bush asked McCabe to investigate what he suspected as an unexplained 40 to....... [more]

Terri Schiavo's remains buried by husband
June 21, 2005
Michael Schiavo buried the cremated remains of his late wife Terri Schiavo Monday at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Florida. He had previously said he would bury her remains in his family plot in Pennsylvania. Schiavo's parents were not notified of the interment. Michael inscribed th....... [more]

Schiavo autopsy report [FL Pinellas County Medical Examiner]
June 15, 2005
Terri Schiavo autopsy report, Florida District Six Medical Examiner, June 15, 2005. Read the full text of the report here. Reported in JURIST Paper Chasehere....... [more]

Schiavo autopsy reveals brain damage consistent with persistent vegetative state
June 15, 2005
An autopsy report released Wednesday showed that Terri Schiavo had a severely atrophied brain that weighed less than half of what a normal brain should weigh and was irreversibly damaged. Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin said that the findings were consistent wi....... [more]

UK High Court allows baby to die
April 21, 2005
In a case somewhat similar to that of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo, Justice Mark Hedley of the High Court in London Thursday upheld a court order allowing a critically ill baby to die if she stops breathing. Charlotte Wyatt was born 3 months premature with serious brain, lung, and kidn....... [more]

Italian high court orders feeding tube to remain
April 20, 2005
The Italian Supreme Court Wednesday confirmed a lower court ruling to keep tube-feeding Eluana Englaro, in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident. The appeal was brought by Englaro's father, who believes that she would have preferred to die. The court rejected the argument because there....... [more]