Ten copycats repeat local activist’s act for Schiavo

Thursday, March 24, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:09 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ten people followed the example of Columbia activist, Lana Jacobs, who crossed a police line in front of the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., to bring water to Terri Schiavo, said officials with the Pinellas County Jail.

Schiavo, brain-damaged and unable to speak or eat without assistance, has not been given food or water for five days. Her feeding tube was removed by court order Friday.

Jacobs, who was arrested Tuesday, spent several hours in jail before she posted a $250 bond and was released.

While no court date has yet been set for Jacobs, she said she would appear in court to answer to the misdemeanor charge of trespassing after warning. Jacobs said lawyers in Chicago had called and offered her legal counsel, but she declined their help. She said she would have an attorney to “support her,” but Jacob asserted that she would speak for herself.

“I can speak to power on my own,” Jacobs said. “I don’t believe in the legal system. I don’t want to participate in the system.”

Jacobs is one of several hundred protesters who have gathered outside the Florida hospice to protest the removal of Schiavo’s feeding tube. Jacobs said local residents who believe in the cause are helping pay for hotel rooms for protesters.

“The world is watching and that’s why we’re here,” she said.

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