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NBC: Schiavo parents abandon federal appeals

[JURIST] NBC is reporting that in the face of last night's US Eleventh Circuit rejection [JURIST report] of their latest appeal of a lower court ruling refusing an injunction that would authorize re-insertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, lawyers for parents Bob and Mary Schindler have decided to abandon any further appeals in the federal courts. Schindler attorney David Gibbs was quoted Saturday morning as saying: "The Federal Courts have ruled that the law passed by Congress is a nullity. There are no claims that could be brought forward for Terri, with how the courts have construed the law." Gibbs did say, however, that an appeal would be pursued in Florida state courts if and when Pinellas County circuit judge George Greer ruled against the Schindlers in their latest state court action. Greer is expect to issue his latest decision in the case by Noon today. MSNBC has more.

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