Husband Takes Life Support Case to Fla. High Court

TAMPA -- A brain-damaged woman kept alive for years over the objection of her husband has been "stripped of her most intimate personal rights," his lawyer said in papers filed Monday with Florida's Supreme Court.

Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, has sued Gov. Jeb Bush over "Terri's Law," a measure Bush pushed through the legislature in October after Schiavo removed the feeding tube keeping his wife alive.

Terri Schiavo, 40, had gone six days without food or water and was in the process of dying when the governor ordered her feedings resumed. Schiavo is challenging the law keeping his wife alive.

"Mrs. Schiavo is more akin to subjects of an absolute dictatorship than citizens of a democratic state," written arguments by Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, said. "Nothing could be more repugnant to the Florida Constitution."

Jacob DiPietre, a spokesman in Bush's office, said in a statement that the governor was "asking for our day in court so that all the facts can be heard. . . . Terri's current wishes are not known and Michael Schiavo has a clear conflict of interest in respect to Terri's future." Felos countered: "The statute itself makes Terri's wishes irrelevant because the governor, under the statute, need not take into account the patient's wishes."

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* BELLE VERNON, Pa. -- Two men were charged with promoting dog fighting by publishing a 10,000-circulation underground magazine that decreed "champions" in the illegal competitions. James Jay Fricchione of Westtown, N.Y., and John Kelly of Jefferson, Ga., were charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and one count each of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals. The charges are felonies that carry penalties of up to $15,000 and seven years in prison.

* PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The attorneys general of six Northeast states -- Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York -- sued the Environmental Protection Agency over a change to rules governing the water used by power plants. The states said the EPA relaxed the need for power plants to install the best possible technology on using water, which they argue will degrade waterways and harm the environment.

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* WICHITA -- A federal judge ruled that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in Kansas cannot be forced, as a 1982 law requires, to report instances of underage sex to authorities. Sex involving someone younger than 16 is illegal in Kansas, even if it involves willing same-age partners.

-- From News Services