April 1, 2005
Professor Charity Scott, Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, was featured recently in TV news segments as a legal expert on the Terri Schiavo case after Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube was removed in March, an action that prompted Congress and President Bush to enact legislation that would allow review of her case in federal court in Florida.
Professor Scott provided commentary on the legal battle over Ms. Schiavo's care for FOX5 News and WSB during the week of March 22, and she was highlighted on 11Alive on March 25th. Professor Scott discussed the case's lengthy history in the Florida state courts, the refusals by the U.S. District Court in Tampa to grant a Temporary Restraining Order that would require the reinsertion of the feeding tube, and the opinions of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta that affirmed the lower federal court's decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.