In the news: Texas whistle blowers split $750,000 settlement

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, August 23, 2010

Two Texas nurses agreed to split a $750,000 settlement payment from Winkler County, TX, settling a lawsuit they filed after being criminally prosecuted, reports The New York Times.

In a high profile case, the nurses were charged with misuse of official information after anonymously reporting Rolando Arafiles Jr., MD, to the state medical board, listing cases by number but not patient name. Charges against Vickilyn Galle were dropped before the trial. Prosecutors alleged during the trial that Anne Mitchell had not acted in good faith, but a jury acquitted her of all charges.

The nurses filed the lawsuit, saying they had been subjected to vindictive prosecution and denied their First Amendment rights.

The Department of State Health Serivces has also fined the hospital for inadequate supervision of Arafiles and firing Galle and Mitchell.

Source: The New York Times

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