Judge rejects new trial in Schiavo right-to-die case

Circuit Judge George W. Greer of the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida refused Friday to order a new trial in the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. Terri Schiavo's parents had sought a new trial to determine whether their daughter - in a vegetative state for the past 14 years - would want to be kept alive artificially, in light of the recent declaration by Pope John Paul II stating that people in vegetative states have a right to nutrition and health care. Today's ruling permits Terri's husband to remove her feeding tube, but not until December 6th, giving her parents time to appeal if they choose. Governor Jeb Bush said Friday that he plans to take the Schiavo case to the US Supreme Court. On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court declined a request to reconsider its September 23, 2004 decision striking down "Terri's Law", empowering the Governor to intervene to maintain the feeding tube despite court rulings. All briefs and documents for this case can be found here on the Supreme Court of Florida's website. AP has more.

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