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FDLE Agent Implicates McCabe in Halting Schiavo Probe; New Evidence, Subpoena Could Save Terri

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Terri Schiavo’s life could be saved by a piece of paper.

A simple subpoena.


When a top ranking agent of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) opened a criminal investigation in the case of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, he was called into his supervisor’s office and told to shut down the investigation not once, but twice.

The Empire Journal has learned from reliable, knowledgeable sources who spoke on condition of anonymity that this FDLE agent and another agent have given notice that if they are served with subpoenas ordering them to give the information known to them regarding alleged corruption and collusion in the case that they will tell a court about the order stifling their investigation and the alleged involvement of the alleged obstruction of justice by Bernie McCabe, state attorney for Pinellas and Pasco County.

Informed sources say that the agent, said to be personally known to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has given a statement in the case to attorneys for the Schindler family but that reportedly the document has not been presented to the court.

Such information could be enough for a court-ordered injunction to immediately reinsert the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo in that a high ranking police officer has determined there is sufficient probable cause that crimes have been committed in the Schiavo case. Such new evidence could be sufficient to order a new trial in the case.

It could also give reasonable cause for Gov. Bush to immediately take Terri Schiavo into protective custody and save her life.

The Agents will come forward with a subpoena but thus far, their request has not been honored.

Attempts by The Empire Journal to discuss the matter with the Governor’s office was unsuccessful. A Freedom of Information Law request to the Clearwater office of FDLE for copies of the complaint and the files in the case have not been acknowledged. Under public information laws, case files which have been closed and are not the subject of active investigation are accessible for public and press review.

According to The Empire Journal’s knowledgeable sources, the FDLE agent determined that there was probable cause to initiate an investigation in the area of fraud after he had conducted a preliminary investigation. He said that while the initial investigation would not have been enough to obtain an indictment of anyone at that stage, that in the past, the FDLE has opened a full-fledged criminal investigation with far less information than he had developed in the Schiavo case.

Upon opening an investigatory file, he was reportedly called into his supervisor’s office and told to shut down the investigation, not once but twice. He says that never in his many years of law enforcement had he ever been ordered to shut down an investigation and the file was closed and turned in.

According to the agent, it appeared McCabe allegedly ordered that all criminal investigations in regard to the Schiavo matter, including those of the FDLE, be shut down.

The agents allegedly maintain that if they are served with a subpoena to produce their information in court, they are willing and prepared to do so. They fully expected to be called but have not been.

Terri Schiavo, 41, sustained serious brain damage in mysterious and suspicious circumstances in 1990. Her husband, who has been living with another woman by whom he has two children, has been attempting to end his wife’s life by judicial homicide in contentious courtroom proceedings before Pinellas County Probate Judge George W. Greer. Terri’s parents, Mary and Robert Schindler Sr., have been struggling to try to save their daughter’s life.

Although Schiavo testified at a malpractice trial in 1993 that he would he would take care of his wife for the rest of his life, upon receiving a settlement of over $1 million, $750,000 of which was earmarked for Terri’s therapy and rehabilitation, he ordered all rehabilitation services for her stopped and has not allowed any therapy for her in 10 years.

The Empire Journal has also learned of alleged Medicaid and Medicare fraud involved in the case as well as multiple violations of guardianship laws including the financial accountings of the monies awarded to Terri in the malpractice settlement.

Several complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation of Terri have been made to the Department of Children and Families. DCF investigators have also claimed that their supervisors told them that they would not proceed and marked the complaints “unfounded”. Former nurses and caregivers of Terri Schiavo have given sworn affidavits involving the alleged abuse of Terri by Michael Schiavo and one nurse, Carla Iyer, has alleged that Michael Schiavo, a nurse and therapist, allegedly attempted to kill his wife by injecting her with insulin.

Last month when DCF attempted to intervene in the case to investigate some 30 allegations of abuse and targeted Michael Schiavo as the suspect, asking a 60-day stay of Greer’s death order to that they could complete their investigation, Greer refused and said he wasn’t “comfortable” with granting any additional stays.

Greer then defied Congressional subpoenas ordering Terri to appear as a federal witness at a Congressional hearing March 28. According to governmental sources of The Empire Journal, President Bush could act immediately both on the basis of the new evidence as well as Greer’s contempt of Congress to take Terri Schiavo into protective custody under the federal witness protection program.

Gov. Bush could also take her into protective custody under the provisions of Florida Statutes and the state Constitution. http://www.theempirejournal.com/greer_schiavo_articles.htm

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