Skip to comments.Money for Terri Went to Attorneys, Michael
Posted on 03/27/2005 7:09:17 AM PST by Maria S
According to the Associated Press, Michael Schiavo sued medical professionals who he said failed to recognize symptoms that caused his wife's heart to stop beating, causing her brain damage. As a result, he won a $1.2 million settlement. At the time, Michael sought the funds with the promise to use the money for Terri Schiavo's care and rehabilitation. As part of the settlement, Michael Schiavo received $300,000, the rest being earmarked for Terri's care and rehabilitation. His attorneys say today most of the money designated for Terri is gone, spent on her care and legal bills. One of his lawyers, Deborah Bushnell, told the AP that more than half of the $700,000 designated from the malpractice award for Terri's care has been spent for that purpose, with the rest going toward litigation. But that statement is at odds with records that show that lawyers - not medical care - ate up most of the expenditures and have been paid directly from Terri's Medical Trust fund, with the approval of Judge George Greer: Heres where most of the money went:
Atty. Gwyneth Stanley - $10,668.05 Atty. Deborah Bushnell - $65,607.00 Atty. Steve Nilson - $7,404.95 Atty. Pacarek - $1,500.00 Atty. Richard Pearse (GAL) - $4,511.95 Atty. George Felos - $397,249.99 Other - 1st Union/South Trust Bank $55,459.85 Michael Schiavo - $10,929.95 Total: $545,852.34
These funds, the result of a malpractice suit, were meant solely to provide for Terri Schiavos care and rehabilitation, not to pay lawyers to help Michael Schiavo kill his wife. Schiavos primary attorney, George Felos, a professional advocate of mercy killing, has received upwards of $400,000 dollars since Schiavo hired him. This same attorney, at the expense of Terris medical fund, publicly likened Terri to a "houseplant" and has used Terris case on national television to promote his newly published book.
I read your profile and you seem like an intelligent, trhoughtful person.
Don't take this wrong, but, at 28, I think this issue will come clear to you in much the same way of your political conversion. More life will show you why this is such a travesty.
Brain dead? Was it caused by aliens? Lets study it! Here comes the stem cell brigade.
If anyone would like to read on-the-ground commentary from someone who has spent a lot of time at the hospice, this time around, as well as during the previous attempts to kill Terri, here's a link to floriduh voter's posts:
This comment of floriduh voter's really chills me:
"When we were held back Friday while they were arresting the children, a local NBC reporter was held back with us. This local reported said "This is the Gestapo." Even the media is starting to see that THERE IS SOMETHING HUGE AND UNTOWARD GOING ON HERE."
Well .. while you're pointing fingers at our "leaders" - remember there are 3 other fingers pointing directly back to us.
We have sat back in our comfortable homes or hit the beach - totally oblivious to what the liberals were creating around us .. ELECTING CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES like Greer - just because nobody could be bothered to find out what kind of person he really was.
Florida has a real mess on their hands - and where I live - it's the same. My mom and I are both going to have documents filed with the state so some angry family member cannot FORCE US TO BE STARVED TO DEATH .. because elder abuse is on the rise in my state.
America is a government OF THE PEOPLE - BY THE PEOPLE - FOR THE PEOPLE - I believe WE have abdicated OUR RESPONSIBILITY as the PEOPLE. We must be more involved in political issues and we MUST STOP ELECTING PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE AMERICA's BEST INTERESTS AT HEART.
We have a major tool at our disposal - the internet - a tool which can inform and enlighten. We need to be exposing these people who are running for office - BEFORE WE ELECT SCUM LIKE GREER.
Let's stop accusing leaders and start helping them to make the right decisions. I email - almost on a daily basis - I don't just come here and whine about things I don't like. I go directly to the senators or representatives - TV stations - radio stations - trying to get my point of view into the arena.
Just today - this thread - a story by the AP - exposing this money trail. Little by little stuff is leaking out. We must not allow ourselves to become discouraged by the seemingly overwhelming forces of evil working against Terri.
Unless they UNSEAL the financial and medical records we will never know the truth. Greer would NOT unseal this information to DCF so it made it impossible to prove any "medical" abuse or anything else. The Shindlers have NEVER had access to Terri's medical records.
What a dirty racket they are all involved in. What rotten people.
Has anybody seen an accounting of where the money went for The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation? And why contributions are no longer tax deductable? And why they are no longer a tax exempt entity? Ask the Schindlers. All four of them, and only them, are in charge of the foundation.
The whole problem seems to have started when MS received the rehap monies. Had there been no lawsuit, no rehab money, the husband would be now be divorced, remarried, and Terri would be with her parents.
Terri was working for an insurance company when she collapsed. One of the employee perks could be insurance.
"ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that Respondents' Emergency Expedited Motion for Permission to Provide Theresa Schindler Schiavo with Food and Water by Natural Means is DENIED."
This is sick, sick, sick. How can eating and drinking normally be considered extreme measures to keep someone alive? This ought to scare the heck out of everyone!
The only good thing out of this is that Greer has been asked to leave his church - at least someone in Fl has principles.
I believe Robert Melton, an auditor in Pinellas County, has been investigating misuse of these guardian trusts. However, he's hitting a brick wall in some of the cases.
amdgmary, could you repost some of the photos here for the benefit of this thread? Thanks ...
You have a wonderfully logical mind. You must be an accountant (said with great respect for accountants!!!).
Unintended consequences: Frivilous lawsuits by the Schindlers ate up their daughter's money.
Sorry, but Terri has never been brain dead. She has never been in a "persistent vegetative state." She can respond and breathe on her own.
Whatever MSM talking points you're quoting from is completely erroneous.
Schiavo would claim "poor mouth". No monies to be sued for. Like the fellow who kills his parents and claims orphan status, Schiavo is a sick and disturbed human being.
Not only sick, but it's an ILLEGAL ORDER.
Florida Statues Prohibit Deliberate Acts to End Life
765.309 Florida Statute: Mercy Killing of Euthanasia Not Authorized; Suicide Distinguished. -- (1) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act of omission to end the life other than to permit the natural process of dying. (2) The withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures from a patient in accordance with any provision of this chapter does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide.
458.326 Florida Statute: Intractable Pain; Authorized Treatment. -- (4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, and no treatment authorized by this section may be used for such purpose.
782.08 Florida Statute: Assisting Self-Murder. -- Every person deliberately assisting another in the commission of self-murder shall be guilty of manslaughter, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s.775.082, s. 775.083 or s.775.084.
Florida's prohibitions against assisted suicide protects not only the terminally ill, but also the disabled, the elderly, the chronically ill, the severely handicapped.
Withholding food and water by mouth is a deliberate act to end life and is prohibited in the Florida statutes! "Helping" Terri kill herself is assisted suicide and is also prohibited in the Florida statutes.
Come up with a new argument and stop wasting time with incoherent and idiotic statements.
If you can't negotiate a glass of water for an infirmed woman in America, I find it hard to entrust international negotiations on nuclear missiles to anyone other than Judge Greer. Hate him and call him the evil that he is, but the guy just beat the snot out of the executive and legislative branches. Not too bad for some piss ant judge.
Welcome to Florida, the Wild Kingdom.
Employer provided life insurance is usually minimal and the employer would tend to cancel the policy once the employee stops working there.
I'm not saying there isn't anything these guys can do but in all fairness the deck was stacked against Terri since 2000 when Schiavo, Greer, Felos and company set this whole sorid tale in motion by lobbying to have the laws changed. Where was the outcry back then? Either nobody cared or nobody was looking while the this occurred.
It seems to me Jeb has been fighting this battle for a while and until late did not have much support nation wide.
Also, the right-to-life crowd has to acknowledge the contributions that W has made to the world with regards to protecting innocent Afghanis and Iraqis from the tyrannical governments that were out to destroy them.
We need to keep this all in perspective.
My prediction is that sadly, neither Jeb nor W will step in at the last minute and stop this atrocity. I don't think people will forget this and public outcry will be great when Terri does finally pass away. Bloggers will continue to hammer away at this Florida collusion of death and many things will be learned that will be eye opening to everyone.
"Brain dead" has a very specific clinical meaning, and is not the same as PVS:
"Neuroscience experts continue to define brain death as irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. This definition remains consistent with the definition of brain death initially presented by the Presidents Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research.1,13"
More info, including "Criteria for Clinical Determination of Brain Death":
All I can find is that Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp. (phly on nasdaq) apparently bought JERGER & CENTONZE INSURNACE AGENCY, INC sometime in 2001 (?). I don't know how to research back to find corp. articles, etc., on company purchases. Maybe someone else knows how to do this. Odd, IMO, that this stuff happened about the same time that Terri was supposedly moved to the hospice (allegedly without the Schindlers knowing about it).
Again, just my opinion; counts for nothing.
I think the media are making things harder by limiting coverage to simple issues and telling everyone to get a living will. More outrage and support would come if the abuse and fraud were covered well.
And won't it be a shock to those who think MS and all the rest of the Death Squad are doing it out of love?
What are they going to say? "I didn't know."?
I wouldn't even plan to VISIT that state.
What in the world would the chances of you getting out of there alive if you have a devasting accident and were in a coma????
Imagine the hell your family would have getting you out of the clutches of a system with judges in it like Greer!!
If I were a parent of any child anywhere in the vicinity of where their kids when they get to the dating age, I'd be on the watch...
One. If they have daughters, look out because they probably have a the same mecurial instincts their bios have.
Two. If they a sons.... let's just say I wouldn't want my daughters (if my children were girls) ANYWHERE NEAR any of his male offspring for any length of time.....
And I'm not picking on the kids because their kids.
If they're around people who believe it's okay to starve someone to death the odds are good they'll have that attitude.
Have added it to my favorites list.
It seems to be a good fyi source.
What was said by someone one about "no little judge sitting in a court in Florida...."
Those words have come back to haunt..
What odious cowards.
And the made for TV movie, and the speaking tour. Count on it.
Stupidest thing I've ever seen.
So if they'd just acquiesced when Michael first proposed pulling the tube there'd be money left to take care of Terri and she could. . .
wait a second. . .
wouldn't she be dead?
That hospice is being investigated by the feds (HHS) for just that reason. As a result of that investigation, HHS is seeking to recoup 15 million dollars in federal funding collected by Suncoast in the name of patients who were not actually terminally ill, going all the way back to 97, when Felos was on the hospice board.
Excellent way to put it.
Upon marrying, I was named beneficiary, three years before we owned a home and seven years before we had our first child. I also carried over $250K in life insurance from the day we married.
I lost a nephew at just 6 months old, and that terrible event taught me to insure my children, as well. My nephew's passing was devastating, and his funeral was expensive. If anything were to happen to my babies, my husband and I would have sufficient funds to cover the funeral, plus allow us to take time off from our jobs to recover, as best we could, the shattered fragments of our lives. I pray to God I never, EVER have to use it.
Since we frequently travel as a family, my sister and my husband's sister would benefit in the event of a air disaster. All totaled, we have almost $1M in death benefits and assets, which would be evenly split, according to our wills (written many years ago, too!).
The long and short of it is this: there is every possibility that Michael had a large policy out on Terri, and would stand to collect should she pass.
New and Exclusive at The Empire Journal
Schiavo Case Tangled Web of Deception, Corruption
By June Maxam and Ginger Berlin
© The Empire Journal
What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
How applicable to the Terri Schiavo case.
Virtually as soon as Michael Schiavo received the monies from the medical malpractice claim involving his wife, Terri Schindler-Schiavo, he withheld all therapy and rehabilitation services from her.
Terri Schiavo had sustained a serious brain injury as the result of a suspicious incident in their home in 1990 and in 1992, her husband had filed claims against several of her former doctors, claiming her collapse was caused by a misdiagnosis. He received over $1.5 million in 1993 including $750,000 which had been specifically earmarked by the trial jury for Terris rehabilitation based on a life expectancy of 50 years.
Mary and Bob Schindler Sr., her parents, consulted a St. Petersburg attorney about removing Michael Schiavo as their daughters guardian and discussed the case at length with him.
Unfortunately, the Schindlers did not have the amount of money the attorney demanded as a retainer to take the case.
That attorney became the judge in the case-----a totally prohibited conflict of interest.
Thereafter, the attorney-judge approved the hiring of George Felos as the attorney for Schiavo to be paid from the trust fund and the stage was set for her judicial homicide..
The judge wasnt George W. Greer.
It was Mark I. Shames.
And for that reason alone, it seems mind-boggling that no state agency is willing to stop this train-wreck that Terri found herself in.
I read an article online recently that said Greer balks at auditor review, saying it's not the auditor's business. Just the law, but we know that doesn't matter.
Same here. It's off my list entirely of vacation spots, and we used to go there for a number of years.
What kills me about that is that the FL constitution (someone posted the executive sections the other day and for some reason, I can't link to the website today, keeps getting refused) allows the governor step in if any officer is acting unlawfully. If Greer is violating the law by refusing her oral nutrition, I don't understand how on that basis, Jeb didn't intervene.
There are so many layers to peel in all this.
I am sorry for all the tragedy you have had in your family but I think you will concede that you are the exception not the rule. In any case if there was a large insurance policy out there I suspect we would have heard about it by now. I am sure during all the trials, depositions, etc. Michael was asked about that.
I don't, either.
Oh my God. This article should be a thread of its own. I just read it in its entirety with my hand over my mouth. Unbelievable stuff in there. The more The Empire Journal uncovers, the more appalling this whole thing is.