- Former Green Beret Commander Bo Gritz is charging-in
once again. The 66 year-old retired Army Lt. Colonel with his wife, Judy,
drove straight through from their Southern Nevada home to Pinellas Park,
Florida in their own effort to rescue Terri Schindler-Shiavo. In his typically
unconventional fashion, Gritz is arresting Pinellas Circuit Judge George
Greer and Terri Schiavo's estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, plus anyone
else who would aid or abet in removing Terri's feeding tube.
- Bo and Judy arrived this evening, after furnishing a
notarized "Citizen's Arrest Warrant" to Governor Jeb Bush and
Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist. Gritz intends on "papering"
State and Federal enforcement offices with his warrant on Thursday, one
day before Judge Greer has ordered the denial of food and water to Terri
Schiavo. Gritz says the "arrest" is meant to allow officials
additional options as the Florida State Executive and Legislative Branches
maneuver to secure Terri Schiavo from starvation. "It's just another
arrow in the quiver which may help pro-Terri forces to counter Judge Greer's
death-order," says Gritz.
- The "Gritz-effect" remains to be seen, but
he successfully used the arrest-tool against federal law enforcement in
August 1992 when he intervened in the siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and brought
what was left of the Randy Weaver family down the hill without further
bloodshed. Sammy, the 14 year-old Weaver boy, was killed along with his
mother, Vicki, and U.S. Marshal William Degan. Randy Weaver and another
man, Kevin Harris, were wounded by police gun-fire. Gritz secured the services
of renowned defense lawyer Gerry Spence, and the U.S. Department of Justice
paid the Weavers $3.2-million in an out-of-court settlement. Harris was
awarded more than $300,000.
- Gritz was also present during the longest FBI-siege at
the Montana Freemen compound, and helped in the failed-search for Olympic
bombing suspect Eric Rudolph -- due for prosecution in Birmingham this
- Gritz says while he doesn't want to "cause trouble,"he
gets involved when it appears Americans are in needless life-and-death
situations with the law. Citing his officer's oath of allegiance to "defend
the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic," Gritz
says while he doesn't know Terri Schiavo personally, she nevertheless represents
an American in danger of citizen-rights abuse, and he feels an obligation
to act while she remains alive. Says Gritz: "Amer-I-cans will always
fight for freedom. Millions of our military place their life on the line
to keep tyranny away from our shores." He acknowledges and supports
the broad-front of Americans who have for years stood-up in saving the
life of Terri Schiavo. Besides a "Terri-Bill" under consideration
in the U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature votes Friday on a modified-measure
to keep Terri's life-support in place. A previous Florida Bill was ruled
un-Constitutional barring further intervention by Governor Bush. "We
all do what we can. Most people wisely don't arrest important officials,
it can be non-habit forming. It's my contribution, as I see it," says
- While threatened with arrest at Ruby Ridge and Jordon,
Montana, when the smoke-cleared, the much decorated war hero instead walked
away with FBI letters of appreciation. Time and events will soon tell if
his presence is thus appreciated in Florida.
- A copy of the Gritz Warrant language is attached.
- CITIZEN'S ARREST NOTICE
- I, James G. "Bo" Gritz, a private citizen,
being an American by birth in Enid, Oklahoma, on 18 January 1939, and possessing
personal knowledge (reasonable cause) that certain individuals and agencies
in and around Pinellas Park, Florida have committed, or will soon commit,
specific felony violation of U.S. and Florida State laws, do hereby issue
and publish this Citizen's Arrest Notice requesting government agencies
responsible for enforcement, including the Pinellas County Sheriff, Florida
Attorney General, State Police, FBI, district attorneys and local police
departments arrest the identified person(s) for crimes already committed
and restrain them from committing further violations identified in this
- The focus of this action is to secure the personal safety
of Theresa "Terri" Marie Schindler-Schiavo, a natural-born U.S.
Citizen currently being held in the Woodside Hospice (727-541-4199) at
6774 102nd Avenue N in Pinellas Park, FL 33782-2909 (Scott Kistler, Vice
President of Operations, 727-586-4432). Terri is paralyzed and in need
of care by the Woodside staff - specifically the provision of nourishment
and hydration at meal times through a feeding tube.
- The specific threat is the wrongful withholding of nourishment
from Terri Schiavo beginning at 1:00 p.m. local-time on 18 March 2005 with
the specific purpose of her death through starvation and dehydration, as
ordered by Circuit Judge George W. Greer (727-464-3933) in the Probate
Division of the Circuit Court for Pinellas County, Florida at 2:50 p.m.
on 25 February 2005; to be executed by Michael Schiavo (Marrie Ct, Clearwater,
FL). This is a felony conspiracy to cause the wrongful death of an innocent
person. The conspiracy will become a homicide if carried through to completion.
- With the exception of the feeding tube at meal time,
Terri Schiavo is on no other form of life support-system. She is not in
a comma - she opens and moves her eyes; she is aware, recognizes and reacts
to people and other stimuli. She is paralyzed, but more than 17 physicians
and medical specialists have signed affidavits believing her condition
will improve with proper therapy. Nobel Prize nominee Dr. William Hammesfahr
has examined Terri and states her injury is a type of stroke that he treats
everyday with success. Terri's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler are prepared
to assume responsibility for continued care of their daughter. The American
people, the U.S. Congress, Florida Legislature, Governor Jeb Bush, Florida
Department of Children and Families, the Vatican, numerous public interest
groups, and luminary Americans are making public their adamant interest
sustaining Terri's life.
- As an American, Terri Schindler-Schiavo is protected
under both U.S. Constitutional Laws and Florida Statutes which have been
over-ridden by Judge George Greer. The 8th Amendment forbids cruel and
unusual punishment. Not even the most heinous criminals are starved to
death! The 14th Amendment protects her human rights as an American.
- Florida Statute 744.3215 (Rights of Persons Determined
Incapacitated) forbids depriving Terri of food and water, a felony.
- Florida Statute 765.404 requires the diagnosis of "persistent
vegetative state" be determined as "permanent" prior to
withdrawal of life prolonging means. Judge Greer has refused any further
definitive tests (MRI) to ascertain Terri's current status.
- Florida Statute 765.309 prevents mercy killing and assisted
- Florida Statute 765.404 calls for clear and convincing
evidence of a ward's intent concerning life and death medical decisions.
Terri is a Catholic (suicide and assisted termination not an option); Judge
Greer ruled-out pro-life testimony and accepted instead Michael Schivo's
self-serving hearsay that he had heard Terri refer to ceasing life-support
on one occasion (violation of FL Statute 90.602).
- This Citizen's Arrest Warrant becomes null and void upon
transfer of guardianship for Terri Schindler-Schiavo to her mother and
father, or the Florida Department of Children & Families, prior to
1:00 p.m. on 18 March 2005.
- As the plaintiff, I will physically be present in Pinellas
Park at the Woodside Hospice. I am causing this complaint to be widely
distributed so appropriate officials are made aware and may act to prevent
this cruel death. As previously stated: The sole purpose of this document
and resulting action(s) is to safeguard a helpless Terri Schindler-Schiavo.
Any action that accomplishes this objective satisfies this Citizen's Arrest
- Sworn to and Certified before a Notary Public on this
- I am James G. "Bo" Gritz, a Private Person
and U.S. Citizen,
- resident address: HC-37, Box 472, Sandy Valley, NV 89019.