According to today's Miami Herald, Jeb Bush ordered state cops to grab Terri Schiavo at a point during the judicial proceedings at which, due to Florida's automatic stay law, such a move would arguably have been if not legal at least not in direct violation of a court order. The automatic stay law suspends a judge's order when the state appeals it. (Judge Greer reimposed his order within a few hours.)
Local cops apparently didn't get the word, or didn't want to go along with the sneaky move, and were prepared to stand off the state cops.
Participants in the high-stakes test of wills, who spoke with The Herald on the condition of anonymity, said they believed the standoff could ultimately have led to a constitutional crisis and a confrontation between dueling lawmen.
“There were two sets of law enforcement officers facing off, waiting for the other to blink,” said one official with knowledge of Thursday morning's activities.
In jest, one official said local police discussed “whether we had enough officers to hold off the National Guard.”
OK. We dodged that bullet. But kindly remind me how many microns separate us from banana republics with warring paramilitary forces.