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BREAKING NEWS ~ Florida judge rules no state custody of Schiavo

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Florida state judge has ruled that Governor Jeb Bush and Florida's social services agency do not have any legal grounds for taking protective custody [JURIST report] of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive].

2:56 PM ET - Greer said in his ruling that "The requested intervention ... appears to be brought for the purpose of circumventing the courts' final judgment and order setting the removal date in violation of the separate of powers doctrine." ABC WTSP-TV in Tampa has posted this video report.

3:20 PM ET - A WTSP print report on the Greer ruling in now online, saying that Governor Bush has said he will not violate Greer's order by sending state officers in to take Terri Schiavo by force. His office, is, however, said to be "frantically" looking over state laws to find some other recourse.

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