The re-trial of Doctor William Hurwitz came to an end in July 2007. He was convicted twice of trafficking in narcotics, first in 2004, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Wexler improperly told jurors they could not consider whether Hurwitz acted in 'good faith' when he prescribed large doses of medicine. He has been in jail for about 2 1/2 years." According to the Post, "Patient advocates portrayed Hurwitz as heroic, saying that he only tried to help suffering people who had nowhere else to turn.
The doctor's sentence was reduced to less than five years. The Washington Post reported on July 14, 2007 ("VA Pain Doctor's Prison Term Is Cut To 57 Months") that "A prominent pain doctor who received a 25-year prison term three years ago for drug trafficking was re-sentenced yesterday to less than five years by a judge who concluded during his retrial that he helped far more patients than he hurt. An appeals court threw out that verdict last year, saying that prosecutors had presented 'powerful evidence' but that U. Hurwitz, a major figure in the growing field of pain management who was profiled on '60 Minutes,' said he viewed himself the same way as his supporters.
When she first took the case, Brinkema said she thought the dosages that Hurwitz prescribed were 'absolutely crazy.' But she said defense witnesses turned her around.
' An increasing body of respectable medical literature and expertise supports those types of high-dosage, opioid medications,' the judge said." The Post noted that "The first jury convicted Hurwitz on 50 counts, including trafficking that caused the death of one patient and seriously injured two others.
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But prosecutors said that Hurwitz prescribed excessive amounts of Oxycodone and other potentially dangerous narcotics -- in one case, more than 1,600 pills a day -- to addicts and others, some of whom sold the medication on the black market. Brinkema seemed to lean toward the patient advocate side when she imposed her 57-month sentence yesterday.
However, the doctors with whom Medill, an arm of Northwestern University, seem relatively united against the recommendations, questioning both the panels' major concerns: addiction and liver damage.
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ACLU attorneys claim that the prosecution's actions "constitute an abuse of the grand jury process [and] would have 'a chilling effect' on Reynolds' constitutionally protected speech." Additionally, the ACLU contends that the subpoena represents further "misuse of the grand jury process because it is aimed at invading the defense camp of the Schneiders." In lay-speak, Reynolds' ACLU advocates have argued not only that the defendant simply exercised her right to free speech in her Schneider-related advocacy efforts but also that the prosecution is attempting to illegally snoop around for clues about the Schneiders' legal strategy.
Although the "motion was heard on Tuesday (5/12)," according to the Chronicle, "there is no word back from the judge yet," and because "[p]roceedings were conducted 'under seal' at Treadway's behest," the parties are barred from publicly discussing the matter.In big cities like Roanoke, dating sites could be really useful and effective.