I'm not sure if this was posted yet, but this was in the local news for Hawaii. I can't believe someone would do something that terrible to someone who is obviously already suffering.
My question to you nurses and nursing students is: Do you think the penalty was too harsh? Do you think the judge should have been lenient in her case because she is a breastfeeding mother? Please read and comment.
"A 22-year-old woman who had a part in the posting of an HIV victim's medical records on the Internet was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday."
I suck at html or that would have been italicized.
Edit: I should clarify: I don't think the penalty was too harsh.
I think if a person was accessing records to sell to the Enquirer I think a year would be reasonable, but out of pure curiosity or showing off that would be to harsh. Losing a license or a suspension would cover that. A firing or inability to get a job in the health care industry in the future is also punishment. The tax payers are already carrying heavy burden for incarcerating rapist and murders. I don't want to pay for something like this. I don't believe in punishing a person as a way of warning others. I never believed in making an example of a person as a justification for a harsh sentence. A person should be punished in a way that is appropriate for the crime they committed not as a warning to others.
Last edit by oramar on Jun 11, '09