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Schiavo case results in threats

Helen Kennedy New York Daily News

TAMPA, Fla. – As Terri Schiavo weakens and legal options peter out, tension here is intensifying.

Some activists who oppose the removal of Schiavo’s feeding tube are making ugly threats, making up “Wanted” posters for lawmakers and handing out the home addresses of judges who rejected legal appeals to keep Schiavo alive.

“I am afraid,” said state Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, who has received numerous death threats by phone and mail because she voted against a measure to reinsert the tube. “We’re talking about the sanctity of life, and (they’re) threatening my life.”

The nine Republican lawmakers who voted against the measure showed up on anonymous “Wanted” posters that appeared in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. State Sen. Nancy Argenziano said one of the “un-Christian” voice mails she’s received wished stomach cancer on her.

Guards have been posted outside the politicians’ offices.

Police won’t discuss their security measures, but Michael Schiavo and Judge George Greer, who has consistently upheld Schiavo’s requests to end his wife’s life, are under around-the-clock protection and staying out of sight. Both have been the targets of a flood of fury, branding them corrupt and abusive murderers who are flouting God.

Popular right-wing Web sites have had to post prominent warnings against threats of violence on their discussion boards after calls for the armed “liberation” of Terri Schiavo from her hospice and comments suggesting that if her husband were taken out of the picture, guardianship would revert to her parents, who want to keep her alive.

Gov. Jeb Bush was alarmed enough to call for calm.

“Even though we may disagree with the courts,” Bush said, “there is no justification for violent acts.”

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