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Mainstream media unreported conflicts of interest in Schiavo tragedy

by Judi McLeod, Editor,
Thursday, March 31, 2005

Every time a rock is lifted in the Terri Schiavo tragedy, another conflict of interest comes slithering out.

The conflict-of-interest potential in the right-to-die connections among current figures involved in the case are only outdone by the Woodside Hospice board of director's conflict of interest reality.

There's the death-is-beautiful, right-to-die activist Michael Schiavo attorney George Felos.

Don't make eye contact with Felos, who claims he can ascertain a person's desire to die by "looking into their eyes" and letting their spirits speak directly to him.

a jumped-up volunteer at Woodside Hospice, Felos became chairman of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, which runs Woodside, and only came off the board about a year after Michael Schiavo placed his estranged wife there.

Then there's Dr. Ronald Cranford, handpicked by Michael Schiavo to examine Terri and on whose say-so Terri was categorized in "persistent vegetative state". Cranford is the MD who officially ordered Terri's feeding tube removed on March 18. a neurologist, Cranford testifies in cases such as Terri's around the country, always pumping the dehydration and starvation side. He was 1992's featured speaker for the pro-euthanasia Hemlock Society, which was renamed The Choice in Dying Society. (WorldNetDaily).

Cranford nicknamed himself, "Dr. Humane Death".

a bioethicist, and a pioneer in euthanasia and right-to-die issues, Dr. Humane Death is a fully-fledged member of The Choice in Dying Society.

at least Cranford is not a board member of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

Mary Labyak, CEO of Woodside Hospice has direct ties to the Euthanasia Society of america and Hemlock for Hospice, described by as "an organization that seeks to accelerate the dying process."

Everett Rice, former Pinellas County Sheriff (1988-204) endorsed Judge George Greer for reelection in campaign ads. Rice, a former board member for the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, hired Michael Schiavo while Schiavo's guardianship proceedings were being heard in the courtroom of his longtime friend, Judge George Greer.

Senator Jim King, who originally upheld the passage of "Terri's Law", was a board member of Woodside.

Then there's Gus Michael Bilirikis, Florida State representative 1998-2000 and between 2001-2003, who was on the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast board of directors.

as a county commissioner, Judge Greer was a working colleague of Barbara Sheen Todd (county commissioner) for eight consecutive years. Sheen Todd is also on the board of the hospice where Terri lingers.

Judge Greer's fellow judge, Judge John Lenderman is the brother of Martha Lenderman, on the same board.

The mainline media has not reported on the myriad conflicts of interest connected to the Terri Schiavo tragedy, although any one interested can read about them on the Internet.

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Is hospice industry part of the right-to-die crusade?

by Judi McLeod, Editor,
Tuesday, March 29, 2005

"The force that created today's hospice also propels the right-to-die movement." George Felos made that statement in his book, Litigation as a Spiritual Practice.

Felos, a self-styled dying-with-dignity crusader and attorney for Michael Schiavo has a right to his beliefs; a right to lobby and campaign for the death culture.

Terri's wishes

by arthur Weinreb, associate Editor
Tuesday, March 29, 2005

as most everyone surely knows by now, the initial court decision that required Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to be removed was premised upon a finding of fact that it was Terri's intention that her life not be prolonged should she end up in the situation like the one that she is currently in.

Death doesn't become her

by Judi McLeod, Editor,
Sunday, March 27, 2005

What kind of victory is it to keep the loving parents of a dying woman from her deathbed?

Michael Schiavo lawyer on board of directors of Terri's hospice

by Judi McLeod, Editor,
Friday, March 25, 2005

Tragic that some of the most compelling facts in the Terri Schiavo case didn't emerge before she reached death's door.

aBC's misleading Terri Schiavo poll

by arthur Weinreb, associate Editor
Friday, March 25, 2005

aBC News commissioned a poll to gauge the attitudes of americans about what should happen to 41-year-old Terri Schiavo. The poll also elicited opinions on whether the U.S. Congress overstepped their bounds when they passed legislation to have Schiavo's situation reviewed by federal courts

Terri transcending the Culture of Death

by Judi McLeod, Editor,
Thursday, March 24, 2005

as Rush Limbaugh laments of late, it's the overt glee with which some quarters are talking about Terri Schiavo's inevitable death

Schiavo court orders don't mention "feeding tubes"

by arthur Weinreb, associate Editor
Wednesday, March 23, 2005

It is hard to think of a situation in recent times, with the exception of the events of September 11, 2001, that has drawn as much attention as the plight of 41-year-old Terri Schiavo. at the time of this writing, U.S. District Court Judge, James Whittemore, a Clinton appointee, has just refused to order that Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted and the family is moving to appeal that decision with the appellate court in atlanta

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