Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The Worldnutdaily has a headline, Judge in Terri’s Case Had Conflict of Interest, which links to this story about Federal District Court Judge Whittemore from a hilariously biased website about Terri Schiavo. The article claims that Whittemore had an “overwhelming conflict of interest in the matter that ethically prohibited him from sitting on the case.” What is that overwhelming conflict of interest? Hold on to your hat. The overwhelming conflict of interest is that back in 1989, Whittemore was recommended to the Governor of Florida as a potential state judge by a 9-member judicial nominating commission and one of the nine members of that nominating commission at the time was a woman who later married Michael Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, before he got involved with the case. And they’re hammering the judge for not recusing himself for this “fatal conflict.” Never mind that he probably doesn’t even know who the members of that commission were, that it was only a recommendation for a state judgeship, that they probably recommended dozens of attorneys in the area for state judgeships, that she was only one of 9 members of the commission, that the involvement was 7 years before she even met the attorney in a case that didn’t exist at the time Whittemore was recommended, that even after that the governor had to name him to an open judgeship and he had to face election for the office after that, or that he is now a Federal judge, not a state judge – the conspiracy is so obvious! Uh, yeah. And I hear he once ate at a McDonald’s that Felos drove past on the way to his office every day too. How clear does it have to be?


  1. #1 Bill Ware
    May 20, 2005

    Putting all those inferences together results in one of the longest sentences in the bolgosphere.

  2. #2 Jeff Chamberlain
    May 21, 2005

    And a fine sentence it is, too.

  3. #3 spyder
    May 21, 2005

    The Tom Tomorrow way of looking at the sort of logic used by the well wishing fundies.


  4. #4 raj
    May 23, 2005

    Terri’s dead.

    Somehow, the WorldNutDaily article brings to mind the old aphorism “beating a dead horse.” Apparently they believe it is lucrative to beat a dead corpse.

  5. #5 Mithrandir
    May 23, 2005

    So, wait, Judge Whittemore was Michael Schiavo’s father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate?

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