$1 million offered in Terri Schiavo case

March 11, 2005 at 11:56 AM
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CLEARWATER, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- A California man has offered Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, $1 million if he turns over custody of his brain-damaged wife to her parents in Florida.

Robert Herring Sr., 63, of San Diego deposited the cash into an account at his attorney's bank, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos said the money would not be accepted. He said another offer of $10 million was turned down two weeks ago.

In another development, Clearwater Circuit Judge George Greer refused to allow the Florida Department of Children and Families to intervene in the case. The department had asked for a delay in the March 18 deadline for removing the woman's feeding tube, which has been keeping her alive since she suffered cardiac arrest 16 years ago.

In Washington, Congressional leaders have fast-tracked a bill that could lead to a federal court review of the case. Nearly a dozen conservative groups have been lobbying to prolong Terri Schiavo's life.

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