Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer Says Justice Is Not Always Fully Served
Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 - Two women served a mere 42 days for abusing nursing home residents. This is not right.
“This case just made me see red,” indicated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “Residents in nursing homes are in need of special care. They are there because they need help, and are to be treated with dignity, respect and caring. When a nursing home caretaker commits abuse, the most fundamental trust of all is shattered. It is unconscionable.”
The facts of this case are highly disturbing, not just because of the age of the perpetrators and their trusted role in caring for home residents, but because of the nature of their disgusting actions. The two women in question worked for a home run by a local society; a home that took care of Alzheimer’s patients. The two women were two of six charged with disgraceful and illegal conduct that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse of patients.
When all was said and done, it turned out that the pair only served 42 days of their 180-day sentences and were released. For some inexplicable reason, the two were handed a sentence of three separate 60-day periods behind bars, but were allowed to petition the court after they concluded their first 60-day incarceration to waive the remaining sentences. This despite the horrific nature of their deeds; actions that had one accused sobbing in court and stating she was extremely sorry, and the other admitting her actions were dumb and harmed others.
Perhaps part of the reason why the abusers sentences were staggered in such an odd manner, and apparently treated with a troubling degree of leniency, is the fact they were each charged with three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver. This hardly reflects the nature and extent of their inexcusable actions.
“There are times when justice is not totally served. That is obvious in this particular case, and life has a way of leveling the playing field in time for the convicted abusers. However, having said that, cases I have worked on had totally different outcomes, and justice was done. That is my job; to ensure that someone who is harmed in a nursing home is vindicated and kept safe from further harm. If you suspect someone you care about is being abused, call me. Together, we will put a stop to it,” Smith said.
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