Judge in Schiavo case asked to leave church

Greer ordered feeding tube removed
Judge George Greer, a Florida county judge in the spotlight three times for ordering Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube removed, was advised by his Southern Baptist pastor to leave the congregation—despite the judge’s reputation as a conservative Republican and conservative Christian.

Greer, 63, a Pinellas County circuit judge based in Clearwater, also rejected an attempt by the U.S. House to subpoena the brain-damaged woman as a means to force reinsertion of her tube.

Protesters have shown up at the home of Greer, who has been under protection of armed guards, according to the Associated Press. The news service reported in late March that a letter to Greer from his pastor, William Rice of Calvary Baptist Church, suggested that it would be best if Greer left the congregation, which advocated keeping Schiavo alive.


This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full access—subscriptions begin at $2.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.

This article is available to subscribers only.

To post a comment, log inregister, or use the Facebook comment box.