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Terri's Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lawyers for Gov. Jeb Bush are predicting defeat when a judge rules on the constitutionality of a new law that has been keeping a severely brain-damaged woman alive.

Clearwater Circuit Court Judge W. Douglas Baird has not yet indicated which way he would rule. But Bush attorney Ken Connor believes Baird intends to rule the law passed in October to keep Terri Schiavo alive is unconstitutional. Connor bases his belief on the judge's previous statements in the case and because Baird has blocked the governor from interviewing witnesses in the case.

The governor's attorneys had been seeking a jury trial on the constitutionality of what's been dubbed "Terri's Law." Baird says he has sufficient facts and legal arguments to rule on the constitutionality question without a trial.

Baird will have to wait until appeals filed by the governor at the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland are settled before he can issue his ruling. Both sides agree his decision will be just another round in the legal battle, which is expected to end up before the Florida Supreme Court.


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