Jeb Bush may appeal Florida Supreme Court's ruling on "Terri's Law"

Attorneys for Governor Jeb Bush stated Friday that he may appeal Thursday's decision by the Florida Supreme Court striking down "Terri's Law" (Florida House Bill 35-E ). The case began over a bitter family dispute regarding keeping Terri Schiavo - severely brain damaged 14 years ago and in a vegetative state ever since - alive via a feeding tube.

The Florida legislature enacted "Terri's Law" to empower the Governor to effectively override the courts after a lower court decided that Terri's husband could remove the feeding tube. The Florida Supreme Court's decision focused on a separation of power issue. "It is without question an invasion of the authority of the judicial branch for the Legislature to pass a law that allows the executive branch to interfere with the final judicial determination in a case," Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wrote. AP has more. JURIST's Paper Chase reported on the Florida Supreme Court ruling here.

 

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