Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Lost in Limboland

Ever since the hellish conditions created by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Drs. Anna Maria Pou and two nurse co-workers, Cheri Landry and Lori Budo, have been in limbo. In July, 2006, they were accused of murder by Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, arrested and charged with homicide, but they have yet to be formally charged. They have had their careers needlessly destroyed and endured incredible and unnecessary stress, when they should have been regaled as heroes for staying and caring for their patients.

New this week is that toxicology reports from Orleans parish coroner, Frank Minyard, failed to show lethal amounts of medication in the patients' bodies. Despite this lack of evidence, the theater of the absurd continues, with a grand jury being called to weigh the murder charges against the healthcare workers. According to CNN, Assistant District Attorney Michael Morales said, "There is no legal bar in going forward with a homicide prosecution just because a coroner has not classified it as a homicide."

No doubt our taxes and energies would be better spent investigating the botched response of the government to Hurricane Katrina, or the suspicious motives of Mr. Foti and the District Attorney's office in pursuing this witch hunt, than in continuing this travesty of justice.

Please support Dr. Pou, Ms. Landry and Ms. Budo. If you would like to help or receive more updates, please check Dr. Pou's new website.