Of course I'm liberal, I believe in liberty.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Not Theoretical After All

I've been quite concerned about the (supposedly theoretical) possibility of Gov. Bush violating the judge's order and 'rescuing' Terri Schiavo. Maybe it wasn't a theoretical concern after all, from Knight Rider:
MIAMI - Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo wasn't to be removed from her hospice, a team of Florida law enforcement agents were en route to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted - but they stopped short when local police told them they would enforce the judge's order, The Miami Herald has learned.
"There were two sets of law enforcement officers facing off, waiting for the other to blink," said one official with knowledge of Thursday morning's activities. In jest, one official said local police discussed "whether we had enough officers to hold off the National Guard."

"It was kind of a showdown on the part of the locals and the state police," the official said. "It was not too long after that Jeb Bush was on TV saying that, evidently, he doesn't have as much authority as people think."
Now the same article also states
Said Bush spokesman Jacob DiPietre: "There was no showdown. We were ready to go. We didn't want to break the law. There was a process in place and we were following the process. The judge had an order and we were following the order."
so it isn't completely obvious what really happened. It's interesting, before I learned about this I said in the comments "Put it this way, if Gov. Bush ordered the police to 'rescue' Terri, should the police even obey? It isn't obvious since Bush would be asking them to violate the law." Is this what happened?