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  •  Schiavo/congress. here's how. Warning. ugly (4+ / 0-)

    and could have gotten seriously uglier. like guns drawn constitutional crisis.

    When Schiavo's parents ran out of appeals in Fl state court, the Congress passed a law to make a federal case out of it [literally].

    On March 21, Congress passed a bill, S.686, that allowed Schiavo's case to be moved into a federal court. ....It passed the Senate on Palm Sunday afternoon unanimously, 3-0, with 97 of 100 Senators not present. .... Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, ...with 174 Representatives (74 Republicans and 100 Democrats) not present on the floor at the time of the vote.
    At the time, there was a great deal of concern over what would happen if the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) or the Florida National Guard were ordered to take custody of Schiavo. As FL. Judge Greer had ordered all Florida law enforcement to enforce his orders, any attempt by other police forces to take Schiavo would have most likely have led to a confrontation between them and the members of the Pinellas Park Police Department at the hospice. If this had happened, it may have very well caused a Constitutional Crisis.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:49:52 PM PST

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