Texas lawyer convicted in whistleblower case
Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011
A Texas attorney has been convicted of misusing official information, retaliation, and official oppression after he represented a physician who tried to find the identities of two whistleblowers who filed an anonymous complaint to the Texas Medical Board about his medical practices.
The physician, with the help of close friend and sheriff of Kermit, Texas, obtained a search warrant for the whistleblowers’ personal computers in order to confirm his suspicions. He in turn fired the whistleblowers, who were nurses at Winkler County Memorial Hospital, after discovering their identities.
The nurses were later faced felony charges of misusing official information, but have been dismissed and acquitted.
Now the physician, sheriff, and attorney are facing charges of retaliation. The attorney was found guilty of knowingly filing false charges against the nurses. He will serve 120 days in jail, 10 years probation, and a $6,000 fine.
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