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Old 02-11-2010, 08:10 PM
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Nurse Whistle-Blower Not Guilty for Reporting Doctor

Texas Nurse Fired After Sheriff Seizes Computer and Finds Letter of Complaint

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES, STEVE OSUNAMI AND MICHAEL MURRAY

Feb. 11, 2010?

A Texas jury has found veteran nurse Anne Mitchell not guilty of harassment after she wrote a confidential letter to the Texas Medical Board complaining about a doctor she believed practiced shoddy medicine.
Her lawyer, John H. Cook IV, announced the verdict today on the fourth day of the trial in Andrew, Texas. Jurors took less than an hour to reach their verdict.
"We are glad that this phase of this ordeal has ended and that Anne has been restored to her liberty," Cook told media today. "But there was great damage done in this case, and this does not make them whole."
Mitchell, 52, could have faced 10 years in prison for doing what she believed was her obligation under the law -- to report unsafe medical practices.
The verdict could have had a profound effect on whistle-blowers in Texas and nationwide. Mitchell had asssumed the letter she wrote to Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr. was anonymous. Instead, he fired her after reporting her to the local sheriff -- a former patient and admirer of the doctor -- for maliciously ruining his reputation.



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Old 02-11-2010, 08:58 PM
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I'd feel a lot better with a big fat malicious prosecution settlement.

This case stunk from the beginning.
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I hope to god she sues his ass, the sheriffs ass, and the hospital that fired her. I mean from what it had sounded like, it was a very small town. Doubt she will be able to get a job in that town. May have to move....I see $$$$ in her future
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And I see a sheriff without a county to sheriff......
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Great news but I personally would be going after their hind ends too. This case was something that should not happen and a waste of tax payers money. Stoopid!!!!!:th_09403103:
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I shudder to think what the fallout would have been with the opposite judgement. For the love of Pete, this wasn't some disgruntled former employee or mistress trying to dish out "payback", this was a professional nurse with some valid concerns about a snake oil salesman who seems to think he is still in a country where docs are "gods" and nurses are -making-whores!!!

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He is dangerous and unethical and I hope she mops the floor with every single asset he has in a civil suit!
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