Sunday, February 07, 2010
Texas nurse prosecuted for "offline" reputation damage
Here’s a disturbing story about reputation defense – even “off line”. A nurse in Texas faces state prosecution for malicious damaging of doctor’s reputation for writing a letter about him to state regulators. The official felony charge is “misuse of official information”.
It would appear that state whistleblower laws would have protected her from a civil suit.
The New York Times story from Feb. 6 is by Kevin Sack, is titled “Nurse to stand trial for reporting doctor”, with link here.
The “obvious” question is what could have happened had the disclosure appeared in a public blog.