Friday, June 17, 2005

Jeb Bush -- still a reprehensible bottom-feeder, as the St. Petersburg Times reports:

Schiavo timeline troubles governor

The state attorney will review discrepancies concerning Terri Schiavo's unexplained collapse.

LARGO - Refusing to give up on the Terri Schiavo case, Gov. Jeb Bush has asked Pinellas prosecutors to sort out time discrepancies Michael Schiavo has provided regarding the hour he found his wife unconscious 15 years ago.

State Attorney Bernie McCabe has agreed to review the time elements in the case, his chief assistant, Bruce Bartlett, said Thursday.

"We are going to look into the circumstances surrounding the times," said Bartlett, who declined to label the review an investigation. "The governor has expressed concern over that aspect of the case."

That's right -- Jeb is a Bush, and it is simply intolerable for a Bush to lose any fight ever, so Florida taxpayers are going to have to shell out for yet more intervention in this case.

And that discrepancy? Yeah, it's really, really suspicious:

Michael Schiavo has said he called 911 immediately after finding his wife collapsed on the floor of their home on Feb. 25, 1990. Though medical records indicate he called 911 about 5:40 a.m. that day, he told the Medical Examiner's Office recently that he found his wife about 4:30 a.m.

His life was turned upside down in the middle of the night when his wife went from being a healthy twentysomething to a woman on the verge of death, and afterward he couldn't remember whether it was 4:30 or 5:40? Yeah, give him the chair right now. It's just unimaginable that he wouldn't know the time down to the millisecond!

And how plausible is Jeb's theory?

The St. Petersburg Times asked an outside expert, Dr. Amyn M. Rojiani, a pathology professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, to examine the autopsy results.

The report says that paramedics began treating Schiavo at 5:52 a.m. after finding her not breathing and in ventricular fibrillation.

A pulse was documented at 6:32 a.m. and a measurable systolic blood pressure at 6:46 a.m. Getting those vital signs back after such a long time was an accomplishment, Rojiani said. When asked if Schiavo could have been revived if her heart had stopped more than an hour before paramedics arrived, he said he didn't think so.

Then again, maybe Jeb is just saying all this to help plug Mark Fuhrman's forthcoming Murdoch-published book, which makes the same argument:

Fuhrman declined to go into detail about other aspects of his Schiavo investigation, but he told [Sean] Hannity that there are serious problems with the timeline on the night of Terri's collapse.

"The timeline will kill you every time," he said.

Jeb Bush and Mark Fuhrman -- a matched set.

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