...which confirmed what the judges had ruled for years based on the testimony from doctors concerning her prognosis. Her limbs had atrophied, and her hands had clenched into claws, and her brain had started to disappear. It weighed barely more than a pound and a third, less than half the size it would have been under normal circumstances. ‘No remaining discernible neurons,’ the autopsy said. She couldn’t see. She couldn’t feel, not even pain. Forty-one years after her birth, 15 years after her collapse, Terri Schiavo was literally a shell of who she had been.
Bush read the autopsy—then wrote a letter to the top prosecutor in Pinellas County. He raised questions about Michael Schiavo’s involvement in her collapse and about the quickness of his response calling 911. ‘I urge you,’ the governor wrote to Bernie McCabe, ‘to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome.’
McCabe, a Republican, responded less than two weeks later, saying he and his staff ‘have attempted to follow this sound advice’--without any preconceptions:
unlike some pundits, some "experts", some email and Web-based correspondents, and even some institutions of government that have, in my view, reached conclusions regarding the controversy...
McCabe’s assessment: ‘all available records’ were ‘not indicative of criminal activity...’.