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Judge orders Schiavo abuse investigation records released

[JURIST] Florida circuit judge George Greer ordered the Florida Department of Children and Families [official website] on Thursday to release the records of its investigation into allegations [JURIST report] that Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] was abused prior to her death. Greer ruled that DCF must release the records to the public no later than Monday, noting that the public has an interest in knowing if DCF and Florida courts provide adequate care for vulnerable adults. Terri Schiavo’s parents allege that multiple fractures revealed on bone scans taken during her autopsy were rendered at the hands of her husband, Michael Schiavo, prior to the 1995 collapse that lead to her vegetative state. Michael Schiavo attorney George Felos contends that the fractures were a result of osteoporosis caused by years of immobility. DCF spokesperson Bill Spann says the agency will comply with the judge’s order. Read the order [PDF]. AP has more.

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