Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Judge Pilate Scrubs Hands

MSNBC has Text of Schiavo Court Ruling - Judge James D. Whittemore has decided to wash his hands of the responsibility of allowing a dying woman a drink of water. Hope the people of Florida remember this day. - Mixed in the legalese is this (Italics mine):

The purpose of a temporary restraining order, like a preliminary injunction, is to protect against irreparable injury and preserve the status quo until the district court renders a meaningful decision on the merits. Canal Auth. of State of Florida v. Callaway, 489 F.2d 567, 572 (5th Cir. 1974). A district court may grant a preliminary injunction only if the moving party shows that:

(1) it has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits;
Judge Whitmore the gypsy seer knows what the next court day will bring?
(2) irreparable injury will be suffered unless the injunction issues;
You go without water for 4 days and see how you feel.
(3) the threatened injury to the movant outweighs whatever damage the proposed injunction may cause the opposing party;
I guess death is not threatening unless the judge means threatened injury to Michael Schiavo...
(4) if issued, the injunction would not be adverse to the public interest.
So it would be adverse to the public interest if Terri Schiavo lives?

Prying1 sez:
What really disgusts me about this judge is his going into hiding for so long to pretend to be deliberating. He held up the Schiavo's going to the next step for what? So Terri could suffer a bit more? So he could sit behind the curtains and build up suspense as Houdini would do?
This judge needs to be shown the light. That is the light outside the court building. I'm certain all that was said and done was above board and legitimate. It certainly does follow the letter of the law but leaves the spirit in the gutter!

Check Hugh Hewitts Blog on this issue.