One of the stories that Terri’s family has been busily trying to push is that Michael may have abused Terri the night of her collapse, leading to her current problems. Bobby Schindler has been on TV repeatedly saying that they have “uncovered evidence” that “seems to suggest” that he may have abused her. But as usual, it’s one thing to make such accusations on TV and quite another to prove them in court. And as it turns out, this too has been adjudicated and dismissed for lack of evidence. According to the Guardian Ad Litem’s 2003 report, the family first began making accusations of abuse back in 1994, not surprisingly just after Michael finally was convinced that Terri’s condition was not going to improve and therefore she should be allowed to die naturally as she wished. They filed motions to have Michael removed as guardian based upon allegations of abuse that had never been made prior to that, when Wolfson confirms Michael and the family were very close and loving with one another. And here is what happened:
As part of the first challenge to Michael’s Guardianship, the court appointed John H. Pecarek as Guardian Ad Litem to determine if there had been any abuse by Michael Schiavo. His report, issued 1 March 1994, found no inappropriate actions and indicated that Michael had been very attentive to Theresa. After two more years of legal contention, the Schindlers action against Michael was dismissed with prejudice.
Dismissed with prejudice means, at the very least, that the claimant is not allowed to bring those charges again because there was absolutely no possibility of proving them correct. And you can certainly see why. The Schindlers are imagining a ridiculous conspiracy to cover up alleged abuse by all of the physicians and nurses who treated Terri the night of her collapse and since then. If there had been any evidence of abuse at all, the treating physicians would have been required by law to report them to the police. But there is no such evidence, and there obviously never was. Yet the family continues to make this claim on television when it was thrown out of court because they couldn’t support it at all. Just another reason why people should ignore all the spectacular claims they hear on TV, where there are no standards of evidence beyond what will get more ratings for the networks.