Verdict in Texas Nurse Trial - Not Guilty

The title on this one pretty much says it all - after less than an hour of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Anne Mitchell came back with a not guilty verdict. The civil suit against the doctor, hospital, sheriff, district attorney, and county will presumably now come out of the holding pattern it's been in while the criminal case was pending.


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Haha. Now it's the turn of morality to turn the spotlight on the sheriff and the quack doctor.

Can't the judge declare a mistrial and find a meaner jury to try her again?

By Rose Colored Glasses (not verified) on 11 Feb 2010 #permalink

I am so relieved. This case got my attention back in early Febuary however,I lost track of the outcome. Bless you Nurse, keep doing your job! I too am a nurse. I too work in Compliance and I am licensed in Florida as Risk Manager. I am so sorry for the people who are treated in this hospital. This hospital is supporting a level of incompetence by refusing to eliminate this physician.

To think, that for doing my job and following the mutiple codes of conduct required to follow: registered licensed nurse, certified compliance and licensed risk manager, I would not be protected by my hospital! This single point states a great deal about the quality of that health care facility in Kermit Texas.

I say let's send the local state and federal regualtors and inspectors on-site to take a good hard look at this hospital!

For the nurse: she deserves a vacation and a relocation package.

For the doctor: the board of medicine, IRS, and Department of Revenue needs to take another look at this incompetence.

And the sheriff? He needs to resign or retire immediately!