Saturday, August 22, 2009
In mandamus action former physician who was a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit sought to prohibit the Dawes County District Court from allowing plaintiff to review materials the Nebraska Attorney General had obtained in its disciplinary action against him. The doctor had surrendered his license for sexual misconduct while the malpractice suit stemmed from an allegedly botched diagnosis of a spinal cord injury. The plaintiff argued that discovery was necessary because she may have been injured because the pervert doctor might have been turned on too much to give her good care. The Nebraska Supreme Court denies the doctors writ of mandamus and allows discovery of the disciplinary investigation to proceed. Stetson v. Silverman, S-09-209, 278 Neb. 389 "We conclude that the relators (the defendant doctor) have failed to meet their burden of showing clearly and convincingly that they are entitled to quash discovery of information regarding defendant's surrender of his license. In addition, they do not have standing to quash a subpoena directed at the Department to obtain its records. We therefore deny their request for a peremptory writ of mandamus ordering the district judge to vacate his discovery order."