There is no evidence that Terri Schiavo’s collapse 15 years ago was caused by criminal activity, said a prosecutor asked by Gov. Jeb Bush to look into the case.
Bush, who asked State Attorney Bernie McCabe to further investigate Schiavo’s case after her autopsy last month, responded Thursday by saying he considers the state’s involvement with the matter finished.
“Based on your conclusions, I will follow your recommendation that the inquiry by the state be closed,” Bush said in a two-sentence response to McCabe. The governor is vacationing in Maine and couldn’t be reached for further comment, said officials in his office.
In asking last month that McCabe look again into what put Schiavo in a persistent vegetative state, Bush had cited an alleged gap in time between when Schiavo’s husband Michael found her and when he called 911 as something that remained unsettled.
McCabe said, however, that while such discrepancies may exist in the record, Michael Schiavo’s statements that he called 911 immediately had been consistent.
“This consistency, coupled with the varying recollections of the precise time offered by other interested parties, lead me to the conclusion that such discrepancies are not indicative of criminal activity and thus not material to any potential investigation,” McCabe wrote in a letter to Bush accompanying his report dated June 30 but not released until Thursday.
There is no evidence of criminal activity. That doesn’t mean there might or might not be some evidence that just hasn’t been found. That doesn’t mean that the evidence has or hasn’t been overlooked. It means that there is NO EVIDENCE that Michael Schiavo did anything wrong, and anyone who continues to smear Michael Schiavo claiming he ‘may have caused this’ or who claims that the autopsy ‘doesn’t rule out abuse’ should be repeatedly ridiculed, scorned, and then complety ignored. In that order.
And that includes Mark Fuhrman.
If you have something that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that Micahel Schiavo did something to his wife, by all means bring it up. But right now, the autopsy reports, the hospital records, the nursing home records, the Governor’s office, the police, and the State’s Attorney give all the allegations to date no merit. If you have something that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that Micahel Schiavo did something to his wife, by all means bring it up. But right now, the autopsy reports, the hospital records, the nursing home records, the Governor’s office, the police, and the State’s Attorney all say the allegations have no merit. The only things fueling speculation that Schiavo did something to his wife are mean-spirited rumor mongering and out-right smears, and this should finally end those. It doesn’t matter how strongly you feel about this issue- you don’t get a license to run around accusing people (or hinting, or suggesting, or intimating) of comitting henious crimes like murder without any evidence.
(Via Gay Orbit)