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BREAKING NEWS ~ FL judge rejects House subpoenas, allows Schiavo tube pull

[JURIST] WTSP-TV 10 in Tampa is reporting that Judge George Greer has refused to recognize US House subpoenas issued earlier today, allowing a feeding tube to be removed from Terri Schiavo as per a previous order.

1:55 PM ET - Judge Greer rejected the Congressional subpoenas (formal House subpoenas and a "legally binding" Senate invitation to the Schiavos to testify before committee), saying that the actions were stalling tactics and not legitimate interventions in the case. The Orlando Sentinel has more on Judge Greer's ruling. This is the third time Terri Schiavo's feeding tube has been removed; on two previous occasions the tube was reinserted by legal order. Terri Schiavo has been in what doctors describe as a "persistent vegatative state" since 1990. There is no indication as yet whether hospice staff have already removed the tube, or when exactly that might be done.

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