[JURIST] 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.