Has collusion been a factor in the
Terri Schiavo case? Supporters of the disabled Pinellas woman
Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation
September 16, 2003
Clearwater, FL September 16, 2003: Supporters
of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation have uncovered a possible
link to collusion in the legal proceedings involving attorney George
Felos (representing Michael Schiavo) and the neurologist Dr. Peter
Bambakidis (court appointed, independent, examining physician).
During the 2002 trials, the court ordered
that two physicians would be chosen by Michael Schiavo, two would
be chosen by Bob and Mary Schindler (Terri Schiavos parents)
and one would be appointed by the court as an independent examining
physician. All five physicians would later give testimony to the
condition of Ms. Schiavo. The independent physician, Dr. Peter Bambakidis
of Ohio, would testify in favor of Michael Schiavo in that Ms. Schiavo
was in a persistent vegetative state and without hope of recovery.
Supporters of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo
Foundation have learned that Dr. Bambakidis and attorney George
Felos may have had a personal relationship prior to Dr. Bambakidis
being assigned to the case on April 24, 2002.
In marketing materials promoting his seminars,
Mr. Felos notes that he has served as a Governor for the American
Hellenic Education Progressive Association (document here).
Upon research, supporters discovered that
the Ohio chapter of the American Hellenic Education Progressive
Association was managed by Gust Bambakidis (link here).
Both Gust and Peter Bambakidis are graduates
of Case Western University (Gust, Peter) and are believed to be
related. Both were born in Ohio and live there currently. Additionally,
Nicholas Bambakidis (son of Gust and a neurologist) had, for some
time, worked with Peter Bambakidis (link here).
During testimony in 2002, Dr. Peter Bambakidis
was asked repeatedly by attorney Patricia Anderson (representing
Bob and Mary Schindler) if he had any personal relationship with
attorney George Felos (link here). Dr. Bambakidis insisted that
he did not know of Mr. Felos prior to being appointed by Judge Greer
though he could not provide sufficient explanation as to his appointment
nor had he ever testified in any similar court case prior to the
2002 trial of Terri Schindler-Schiavo.
The supporters of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo
Foundation believe these coincidences to be indication of possible
collusion in the case and are calling on state officials to launch
a full and thorough investigation. This apparent connection raises
many questions by the Foundation as to the neutrality and integrity
of the proceedings. Supporters have complained that neither state
officials nor press have investigated these irregularities. By copy
of this release, notice will be given to Governor Jeb Bush, State
Attorney Bernie McCabe and Floridas Attorney General Charlie