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No timetable for Schiavo appeals ruling; Schindlers beg for FL senate action

[JURIST] Gregory Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, told reporters late Tuesday afternoon that he had electronically filed two more reply briefs with the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, but he did not know when the court would rule on the case. A three-judge panel is generally expected to hand down a decision late tonight or tomorrow on appeal from a ruling earlier today by US District Judge James Whittemore [JURIST report] in which he declined to issue an injunction that would authorize Terri Schiavo's feeding tune to be re-inserted. Meanwhile Schiavo's mother Mary Schindler pleaded with Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee, saying that the state Senate was just "one vote away" from passing another "Terri's Law" that could save her daughter. Other legislative observers are less sanguine about the chances of legislative action at this very late stage, given that state Senators have balked at earlier versions of the proposed legislation [SB 804 summary]. AP has more on the Florida legislative situation.

6:15 PM ET - NBC WXIZ-TV 11 in Atlanta has a late video report on the status of the Eleventh Circuit appeal.

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