October 17, 2003


BY FEDEX & FAX ( 850-487-0801 / 850-922-2993)


The Honorable Jeb Bush                        Mr. Jerry Regier

Governor                                              Secretary

State of Florida                                      Florida Department of Children and Families

400 S. Monroe St.                                 1317 Winewood Blvd.

The Capitol                                           Building 1, Room 202

Tallahassee, FL  32399-0001                  Tallahassee, FL  32399-0700



Re:  Ms. Terri Schiavo


Dear Governor Bush and Secretary Regier:


            Judicial Watch Inc. (“Judicial Watch”) was established in 1994 to serve as an ethical and legal watchdog over our government, legal, and judicial systems to promote a return to ethics and morality in our nation's public life.  Judicial Watch operates in the public interest as a non-partisan, non-profit public interest group.


            Attached is a copy of a “Fax Transmittal Form to Report Abuse / Abandonment / Neglect / Exploitation” that we filed concerning Ms. Schiavo with the Florida Department of Children and Families at 12:58 PM today on the department’s “Fax Hotline” (800-914-0004).


            Based on our formal complaint via the faxed report referenced above, you have the authority and sufficient cause to immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo; to restore her nutrition; and to initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability.  These actions are consistent with Ms. Schiavo’s protections under the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution (Art. 2, ' 5), as well as Fla. Stat. ' 825.102 and Fla. Stat. '' 782.04(2)(i), 77.04.


            Your immediate attention to this important matter is appreciated.









Thomas Fitton