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BREAKING NEWS ~ Federal judge refuses to order re-insertion of Schiavo feeding tube

[JURIST] CBS WTSP-TV 10 in Tampa is reporting that US District Judge James Whittemore has refused to order the re-insertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, saying that the brain-damaged Florida woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments.

7:40 AM ET - Read Judge Whittemore's 13-page order [PDF] refusing the temporary injunction requested in the Schindlers' complaint [PDF], courtesy Florida attorney Mark Conigliaro's Abstract Appeal weblog.

10:45 AM ET - Abstract Appeal has posted a convenient summary of Judge Whittemore's ruling. Terri Schiavo's parents have already filed an appeal [AP report] with the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in Atlanta.

For additional background and materials, see JURIST's Terri Schiavo news archive.

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