September 29, 1988 |
In a surprise reversal, plans for genetic blood testing of a Florida 9- year-old were called off yesterday after an attorney for the girl's father demanded strict confidentiality. The new demands came after the blood tests had appeared to be set for Monday, and were startling news to a Bucks County couple hoping to learn whether the girl is their daughter - raised by others after a baby-swap they allege occurred at the Florida hospital where she was born. LaVonna L. Vice, an attorney for Ernest and Regina Twigg, the Langhorne couple, said that Dale Swope, a Tampa attorney for the girl's father, insisted yesterday that the Twiggs not reveal the results of the genetic testing to anyone, not even their children.
November 20, 1990 |
The House and Senate yesterday passed a measure aimed at protecting the confidentiality of people who are tested for the AIDS virus, while also providing some protection for doctors and others who treat patients who may be infected. Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.), who helped move the bill through the legislature, said she believed it would encourage more people to be tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). "The purpose is to make it safer for people to come forward and be tested because their confidentiality will be guaranteed," she said.
April 30, 1993 |
In December, Morrisville school board member Paul Bunting made what he thought was a simple request. He asked the district to review the classroom use of a book on the life of Malcolm X and consider removing it because of "derogatory" remarks about white and Jewish people. But when the request was made public, Bunting found himself in the center of what he later termed "a media circus. " He wants to make sure that never happens again. On Wednesday night, the board approved a policy that guarantees confidentiality to people or organizations requesting such reviews.
April 24, 2003 |
The school board is considering a draft recommendation of proposed changes to its closed-to-the-public committee system and other procedural matters. The draft, prepared by Board Solicitor Reese A. Davis, was discussed at an executive session before Tuesday night's public board meeting. Chase F. Gibson, the board's president, said the recommended changes likely would be given a first reading at the May 13 meeting. Gibson would not elaborate on the proposed changes, but he said last month that the board would review confidentiality issues and "the recently questioned, but never actually legally challenged, liaison committees of the board.
July 9, 1995 |
Peter A. Ubel, a University of Pennsylvania Medical Center doctor and teacher, has ridden the elevator into history. Ubel has conducted the world's only study of what doctors and nurses say while riding up and down. His conclusion: Way, way too much. On Friday, while riding in an elevator for two hours, he discussed his pioneering research. "I admit, lives and deaths aren't decided by conversations in elevators," he said. "But people need to know they can trust the doctor.
August 3, 2012 |
We now know that James Holmes, who was charged this week in the Colorado movie theater shooting, had been seeing a psychiatrist, though no one besides his doctor knows how often he was seen or what he said during treatment. According to one report, the psychiatrist warned University of Colorado officials about Holmes, but no further action was taken because he dropped out of graduate school. This raises important legal and ethical questions about what doctors and others providing mental health care ought to do if they believe a patient is dangerous.
September 22, 1986 |
One of the most important provisions of the 1968 Pennsylvania Constitution is the article mandating the establishment of a Judicial Inquiry and Review Board, empowered to hear complaints against judges and justices of the peace and, in appropriate cases, to recommend the imposition of discipline by the Supreme Court. The constitution also provides that all proceedings before the board shall be confidential unless and until the board recommends discipline and files the record with the Supreme Court.
May 12, 1988 |
First, William G. Stead jumped off the SEPTA train after just five weeks on the job. Now, the Atlanta headhunter firm hired to find candidates to replace Stead as general manager has quit, and the SEPTA board isn't sure what impact it will have on the two-month-old search for a new boss at the troubled transit authority. Charles J. Chalk, president of MSL International, said in a letter to SEPTA board chairman J. Clayton Undercofler III that a breach of confidentiality that occurred when the names of eight candidates were made public has damaged his company's reputation and made further work impossible.
October 22, 1987 |
A three-member panel of the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday in a case that Supreme Court Justice Rolf R. Larsen initiated four years ago against a West Chester lawyer. Hanging in the balance is the professional fate of lawyer Robert B. Surrick, who has been a staunch critic of both Larsen and the judicial system, which Surrick says has been lax in holding judges accountable. The hearing comes just eight days before the Nov. 3 election, in which Larsen is seeking to win a second 10-year term on the state's highest court.
October 28, 2011 |
Judge Kevin Dougherty, head of the city's Juvenile and Family Courts, acknowledged Thursday that in 2002 he placed a young girl in the custody of her aunt, convicted murderer Linda Ann Weston - and added that he did so at the recommendation of the Department of Human Services, a child advocate, and the girl's mother. Police say the child, Beatrice Weston, became a prisoner and endured years of severe abuse in her aunt's custody. Beatrice Weston, now 19, was rescued by investigators earlier this month after police discovered that Linda Weston was keeping four mentally disabled adults in a basement dungeon in Tacony and allegedly stealing their Social Security checks.