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L Lin Wood Attorny in Atlanta Georgia

L Lin Wood Attorny in Atlanta Georgia

One of our favorite attorneys, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta Georgia has given a million dollars to his Alma Mater Mercer University School of Law, Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd recently announced.

The creation of the L. Lin Wood Fund for the Enhancement of Mercer Law School is a fund which will support and enhance the programs and activities of the law school. The law school’s trial courtroom will be named in honor of Wood at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Lin Wood said in a statement about the creation of the L. Lin Wood Fund:

“Mercer Law School provided me with an excellent foundation for the exercise of the privilege of engaging in the practice of law to zealously pursue justice. As a result, I have been privileged to represent many unique and worthwhile clients for more that 38 years. It is now my privilege to give back to Mercer Law Schools as an expression of my appreciation and, more importantly, to support the school in its ongoing efforts to educate and train the next generation of lawyers essential to the continued viability of our system of justice.”

Wood has represented many clients from the little known to the powerful, on both sides as the defense and for the plaintiff.

One of our favorite court wins here at Rose Speaks.com is the DaVita whistle blower Medicare fraud lawsuit. That settle in a Court issued Public Order in 2015 for a half BILLION dollars plus attorneys fees. One of the largest public settlement in Medicare fraud. Something that is dear to many of us as we get older.

We hope to have pictures soon of the Ceremony on Friday.

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By Rose Turner
Feb 22, 2016
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ER doctor on first national Ebola case named in Dallas Texas as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier

ER doctor on first national Ebola case named in Dallas Texas as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier

The first case of Ebola was seen at Dallas Texas Presbyterian hospital last year. Most of us, inclding me, blamed the ER doctor for not catching the Ebola and thus costing the patient’s life and two nurses contracting the deadly disease.

Add to that it was “election time” which equaled to a be very afraid atmosphere of which party can protect you the best; a frenzy of worry by the public including quarantining a nurse, Kaci Hickox, because she landed in New Jersey at the wrong time.

Presbyterian hospital has now named the ER doctor as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier, someone the hospital had kept secret his name until The Dallas Morning News decided to publish the doctors name. They wanted to give Dr. Meier a chance to answer their questions and give them an interview. That is when things became interesting. Dr. Meier would not give the Dallas Morning News an interview but he did refer them to his attorney, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta Georgia. Go figure!!

Lin Wood told the Dallas Morning News to submit a list of written questions and he would consider which ones his client would answer, you have to love it when someone under the gun comes up with one of the best attorneys in the business. Protective? Yes of all of his clients over the years as we have followed Mr. Wood’s cases since 2007.

Here are some of the more interesting questions and answers but the full transcript can be found on the newspaper’s site.

Erick Duncan, the patient came to the ER and saw Dr. Meier, on the Thursday night before returning on Sunday, being admitted the second visit and then dying. Mr. Duncan was the first Ebola patient to die in the U. S. Eric Duncan complained of a headache and abdominal pain. Dr Meier looked him over, checked his vital signs and ordered tests. After a few hours, Dr Meier diagnosed him with sinusitis, prescribed antibiotics and sent him home. That started the finger pointing, and the hospital kept changing their story of facts on who knew what and when. Since the ER doctor’s identity was kept secret by the hospital, it became very easy for us all to blame that doctor for a total mess. Hospital administrators apologized to Congress for the misdiagnosis after offering shifting explanations. They pointed to a nurse’s actions, then to flawed electronic records, then said the records had no flaw.

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

Question: Was Sept. 25-26 (Thursday-Friday) your regular shift? How long was your shift? When did it begin?

Answer: That is one of several shifts we all work. That particular shifted started at 10 p.m. and ended at 5 a.m.

Question: What training did Presbyterian and/or Texas Medical Resources give you for a potential Ebola patient?

Answer: I was not aware of any specific training for Ebola.

Question: Is there a written policy at Presbyterian or Texas Medical Resources instructing ER physicians to ask about travel history?

Answer: There is now. I am not aware of the existence of any policy prior to this case.

Question:We’re sure you’ve seen the quotes or heard the TV statements from medical experts who criticized your diagnosis and discharge of Mr. Duncan. Since you were in the unprecedented position of being the first American ER doctor to see an Ebola case unannounced in an ER, how would you respond to those experts?

Answer: It’s very easy to make a diagnosis of any condition after the patient’s medical evaluation confirms the final diagnosis. Unfortunately, such 20/20 hindsight is not available to medical professionals caring for patients in real time.

Question: One expert in emergency care told us picking out the nation’s first Ebola case here was like a “needle in a hayfield.” How would you describe the challenge of handling the first unannounced case to come through an American ER?

Answer: It can be a challenge to diagnose disease and illness. As doctors, we are trained to work from a set of differential diagnoses and seek to rule out until we hopefully reach the correct diagnosis. The more rare a disease or condition, the more likely it is that it will not be on an initial differential list. Since this first case, we have better protocols in place, but, even then, it can still be very difficult to diagnose something so rare. We do the best we can to get it right based on our training and experience.

Question: How has dealing with this experience as the first U.S. ER doctor to see an Ebola case unannounced been for you personally and professionally?

Answer: A little bit like getting struck by lightning, but mild in comparison to what Mr. Duncan’s family has gone through in losing a loved one to Ebola

Question: What do you think the public should know, that we don’t already know, about that initial visit of Mr. Duncan or this case in general?

Answer: That the enemies are Ebola and infectious diseases in general not the caregivers who are on the front line of diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The full article and questions and answers can be found at the two links above. I just picked out the ones that jumped out at me.

Now comes this weeks news on Dallas Presbyterian Hospital and Ebola.

Nina Pham, 26, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian, filed a lawsuit Monday, March 2, 2015, in Dallas against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources.

Pham released a statement to the media after the lawsuit was filed Monday morning saying she had hoped the company would be “more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn’t do that led to me getting infected with Ebola. But that didn’t happen and I felt I was left with no choice but to turn to the courts for help.”

“I’m facing a number of issues with regard to my health and my career and the lawsuit provides a way to address them,” Pham said in the statement. “But more importantly, it will help uncover the truth of what happened, and educate all health care providers and administrators about ways to be better prepared for the next public health emergency.”

Pham’s attorney told the media that Pham continues to suffer from aches and insomnia after she and another nurse, Amber Vinson, contracted the disease from patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Dallas attorney, Charla Aldous, went on with his statement saying; “The nurse manager looked it up on the Internet, printed it out and handed it to Nina and that was the sum total of her training. These were the caregivers who were trying to figure this out on the fly.

It shouldn’t have happened, Healthcare workers in Liberia had better equipment to care for themselves than Nina Pham did the day she started caring for Eric Duncan.”

Aldous said once Pham was diagnosed, Nina was used as a PR pawn.

You can read the full article at the L. A. Times website, they also have a copy of the 37 page filing by Pham for you to read.

Texas state courts are very hard to get filings from most of the districts, if we can get those filings we will bring them to you.

We reached out to Mr. Wood to see if he had a comment but did not hear back from him.

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By Rose Turner
March 2, 2015
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L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L. Lin Wood, attorney in Atlanta Georgia, came full circle as of September 1, 2014 going back to a solo practice. When I came across this article I felt this was time to highlight another lawyer who took an unfortunate route in life before becoming the best at what he does.

Lin Wood describes his success in part as having a “resilient character”. This was never more evident then when he returned from a dance during high school when he was 16 and found his father covered with blood standing over his mother’s bludgeoned to death body. He left home that night to think and found himself in a park realizing he had to make decisions right then as to which direction he wanted his life to take and what he wanted to do with his life.

Lin Wood, attorney, playing Men's Senior Baseball in 1998

Lin Wood, attorney, playing Men’s Senior Baseball in 1998

Can you imagine that at 16? Wood was an achiever in high school, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and a pitcher on the baseball team. Wood forgave his father, saying; “It could have just as easily been the other way around that night”. Wood worked and stayed with friends throughout the rest of high school and raised the funds for his father’s defense lawyers. It was interacting with those lawyers he often says is what cemented his career path into the practice of law.

Wood went on to college on scholarships, student loans and working a variety of part-time jobs. He always kept his focus on where he was going and what he wanted to achieve. He graduated with honors, cum laude, at Mercer University in his home town of Macon Georgia and went to the same university to gain his law degree.

Wood says, “I took 25 cases to a jury verdict in my first six years of practicing law. You won’t find a lot of true trial lawyers among young partners in large law firms today.” Wood says he was fortunate to obtain experience of “trial and error”, in a time when young lawyers had the opportunity to do that.

“The art is in taking and defending depositions because so few cases get to trial these days. If you follow a script rather than a checklist, you will miss answers that can lead to better questions. Start with a blank pad, listen and have a conversation with a curious mind.”

Wood limits the number of cases he takes because he devotes a slice of his life to each one, many of which last years. His clients are special to him. He keeps up with them after the case is over and is there as a friend to many of them.

For much of his first 19 years practicing law, Wood handled primarily medical malpractice cases. Wood often muses about one of his first cases when the jury was still out and his client thank him and wanted him to know whichever way the verdict came down, he knew Wood believed in him. Something Wood tries not to forget with all of his success today.

Lin Wood Richard Jewell

Lin Wood with client turned friend Richard Jewell

Little did Wood know that in 1996 his life and his career path would take a significant turn, one that propelled Wood into the high profile cases he is known for today. In 1996, he received a call from a fellow attorney to meet with and represent in civil matters, Richard Jewell, the security guard who was named a suspect by law enforcement and the media in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. Wood’s decision to take on Jewell’s case would change his career and set him on a course to become one of the most successful and high profile libel and defamation lawyers in the country. Wood recounts that he felt Jewell was guilty from the media reports he had seen, but agreed to meet with Jewell. At the end of the meeting Wood told Jewell he would take his case on one condition, that Jewell forgave Wood for prejudging him based on the media. Although, Jewell was cleared by the FBI of any involvement in the bombing, he never recovered from the treatment he received by the media. Wood handled numerous cases on behalf of Jewell spanning almost two decades. Libel settlements were reached with CNN, NBC and Tom Brokaw, Piedmont College and the New York Post. Wood and Jewell remained close until Jewell’s death in 2007.

This blog had began to follow Wood and some of his cases in 2007. We remember well when Jewell’s death came out in the media that Wood cancelled the rest of his depositions in New York and flew back to Atlanta to be with Jewell’s family. He gave the eulogy at Jewell’s funeral in which he shared a story that Jewell had never told anyone before. Richard Jewell with all that was done to him still every year on the anniversary of that horrible bombing went to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta and placed a single rose at the spot where a woman died that Jewell had not been able to save.

Atlanta Attorney Lin Wood urges to woo public opinion for clients

Atlanta Attorney Lin Wood urges to woo public opinion for clients

Wood and Jewell had the opportunity to give some joint lectures at colleges on the responsibility of the media and sensational stories before Jewell’s death. Today Wood still misses his friend, Richard Jewell, and is the first to say “Jewell made me what I am today”.

In an age of 24/7 news channels, the Internet and social networking, the case remains a lesson in caution for the media almost 20 years later. “I’ve heard people say, ‘Let’s not Richard Jewell this person,’ says Wood. “So I think Richard continues to stand for caution. His case created a yellow light that says slow down, take care before you go to the intersection of accusation.” Wood has expressed that he is happy that Jewell’s name still comes up as what not to do to someone. When he talks about Jewell you will notice his voice becomes softer and there is a look about Wood that you just know he is thinking back to those days twenty years ago.

In a November 2000 article in Editor & Publisher Magazine, editor Jim Moscou described Wood as the man responsible for “taking Jewell’s reputation from ‘the 1996 Olympic Bomber’ to ‘the man who didn’t do it’,” adding that “while the world sees a lone bomber, Wood sees a victim of an overzealous, unprofessional media – then uses that media to ‘win’ his case.”

Rather than thinking of himself as a First Amendment or defamation lawyer, Wood describes himself as a lawyer who handles civil litigation representing clients who he believes are victims or underdogs. I have always wondered when hearing or reading that statement about Wood if it is based on a memory of how lawyers, when he was 16, treated him that way, as a victim and underdog with a long mountain to climb.

L. Lin Wood has been the lead attorney in many national high-profile cases, representing clients like Howard K Stern, Beth Holloway, former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, John and the late Patsy Ramsey. When Patsy Ramsey died, again Wood flew home to be with the family and to be a pall bearer at Patsy’s funeral. See a pattern here about how Wood feels about the clients he represents? They are real people to him, not just another case, but a victim that he has the special talents to help.

Lin Wood defending Herman Cain

Lin Wood defending Herman Cain

Wood has represented presidential candidates Rick Perry and Herman Cain against allegations of impropriety in the media, suggesting there is an appetite among high-profile campaigns for a more aggressive response to damaging stories. Wood is there for them to call and will fly to where they need him to take the reigns of their media needs so any damage is dealt with before it becomes a 24/7 story lasting for weeks. A letter from Lin Wood will make most media rethink their positions and decide to recheck their facts. A bull dog for his clients that looks more like a movie star then a tough, take no prisoners attorney, who has been known to make another attorney cry during depositions.

Wood maintains he is a supporter of the First Amendment. “I think that a First Amendment without accountability for wrongdoing weakens the system as a whole, because it fosters bad reporting and poor journalism. I can make a strong case that, when I seek accountability for genuine wrongdoing, it ultimately strengthens the First Amendment.”

Attorney Lin Wood plays hard even when it with a dolphin

Attorney Lin Wood plays hard even when it with a dolphin

Wood works hard and plays hard. Outside of the courtroom, he played for and managed a senior league baseball team for 15 years that he loaded with former minor league players. He plays golf, boxes and has entered horse jumping competitions.

One of the greatest ways to judge Wood’s success if through his children, two of which are attorneys, practicing different types of law, one even giving time to legal aide for criminal clients. If you say your family is a reflection of who you are, Wood must be very pleased with his life.

Lin Wood Attorney, giving one of his infrequent interviews

Lin Wood Attorney, giving one of his infrequent interviews

As someone who has set across from Wood in a deposition I will attest that Wood will treat you fairly and with kindness as long as you don’t lie or try to pull the wool over his eyes. Try to lie to him in a deposition or mislead him and he will eat you up and never bat an eye.

For Wood, the conversation never ends.

You can read much more about L. Lin Wood on his Wiki page and by Googling his ESPN 20 minutes tape on Richard Jewell. You can also find a couple of interviews to newspapers he has given over the years. He does not give many interviews, perhaps that is because when he does, he wants those who interview him to listen and know the conversation never ends.

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By Rose Turner
October 7, 2014
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Judge Charles A Pannell Jr.

A federal judge that asks for answers after case pending for 7 years.

We have been following DiVata kidney dialysis services, in a whistle­-blower case that accuses the company of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of hundreds of millions of dollars.

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles A Pannell Jr. issued an order signed last month sanctioning DaVita for “unacceptable” litigation conduct that could force the company to reimburse whistle-­blower lawyers for as much as $2 million in fees and expenses. Pannell held that the company demonstrated “enough of a showing of bad faith” to warrant reopening discovery. Whistle-blower lawyers had sought the sanctions, claiming that key witnesses either had given false testimony in depositions or recanted statements made under oath.

The case was filed in 2007 by Dr. Alon J. Vainer, a board-certified nephrologist who was medical director for several of DaVita’s clinics, and Daniel Barbir, a registered nurse who worked as a Cumming clinic director. The two former DaVita employees claimed in their suit that, for years, DaVita systematically defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and civilian medical programs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department. They claimed DaVita boosted profits by prescribing—and billing the federal government—for vials of drugs that were larger than the smaller doses actually administered to patients.

In September of this year, Pannell ordered the hearing that occurred last Friday, September 12, 2014, after reviewing a growing number of documents and court records that DaVita lawyers were filing under seal.

In his Order for the hearing Judge Pannell, said;

“The documents at issue in all the motions are documents which the defendants seek to conceal from public view. Undoubtedly, these documents contain business information that the defendants would prefer to keep secret,” however, the majority of the documents are more than 10 years old. The court questions the need to file these documents under seal. While health information that identifies patients is confidential under federal regulations and will be maintained under seal, the remaining categories are less certain. This is particularly true in the context of information as old as the documents at issue here. In other words, information that, if current, would be commercially sensitive information likely loses that status after some time passes.”

Judge Pennell went on to say

“that DaVita lawyers had offered “general explanations for the types of documents that they contend should be sealed, including contract terms, wastage and dosing information, financial analyses and health information.”

In a motion seeking permission to file more documents under seal or redact them before they are made available to the public, DaVita lawyers said the documents in question “have already been sealed or are subject to pending motion to seal because they reference confidential and commercially sensitive [prescription drug] dosing and wastage.” DaVita cited a 2007 case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ( Romero v. Drummond Co., 480 F.3d 1234).

Not to be out done in the hearing L. Lin Wood, one of the lawyers representing the two whistleblowers, argued that many of the documents DaVita lawyers are filing under seal “in essence show the amount of waste” the company allegedly relied on to boost profits. Wood said that issue is at the heart of his clients’ case and should not be sealed.

Wood suggested that the public has a right to know about a case involving potentially millions of taxpayer dollars and that the courts have a duty to make the information available. “There ought to be sunshine on these documents,” he said. “They want to keep this information in the dark. They don’t want the public to know.”

Last May, in a motion citing former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous remark—”Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant”—the lawyers including L Lin Wood, Atlanta firms Wilbanks & Bridges and Krevolin & Horst, petitioned the court to determine whether statements they had quoted in their own pleadings had to be redacted before they were made accessible to the public.

This next part is one of my favorite part of DaVita questioning this federal judge saying.

DaVita lawyer Randi Schnell of Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, noted that a number of the sealed documents Judge Pannell questioned had already been sealed by a magistrate judge. Pannell replied: “Just because we sealed something before doesn’t mean we didn’t make a mistake.”

You have to love a federal judge that calls a hearing and is prepared to ask some tough questions of a company that has potentially robbed us tax payers of more than $2 billion.

I say let’s open those documents to the sunshine and see what DaVita is up to, so we can better address other companies that might owe the government, especially Medicare, Medicaid and the VA hospitals millions back.

If the judge issues an order on this case that opens up the records we will begin to cover this case with the documents. I can’t imagine anything more important as baby boomers began to collect Medicare and our veterans are entitled to solid care that does not rob the VA.

There is a much longer article you can read at the Daily Report

Let us know if you have an interest in this case now that the federal government has allowed whistle-blowers and their attorneys to take a lead in suing for fraud of government funds.

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By Rose Turner
September 15, 2014
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Fame Plaintiff Attorney Lin Wood

Fame Plaintiff Attorney Lin Wood

Whistle Blower Elin Baklid-Kunz wins $20,000,000.00 that’s right the zeros equal twenty million dollars (25%) of the total recovered by the U. S. Federal Government. This is her share as the Whistle Blower on Medicare and Medicaid fraud against Halifax Hospital Medical Center. The medical center has agreed to pay $85 million to the federal government. Elin Baklid-Kunz received her part of the settlement under provisions of the federal False Claims Act. The 150-year-old False Claims Act encourages private citizens who are aware of fraud against the federal government to bring that information forward in the form of a civil action against those suspected of fraud. In a winning suit, a private citizen—often referred to as a whistleblower can claim as much as 25 percent of the funds recovered for the government from a judgment or settlement.

The lead attorney for Kuntz is Marlan Wilbanks of Atlanta’s Wilbanks & Bridges. One of our favorite attorneys to follow L. Lin Wood of of Wood, Hernacki & Evans was part of the plaintiff’s lawyers.

Halifax Hospital Medical Center and its subsidiary Halifax Staffing Inc. settled part of the five-year-old case with the U.S. Justice Department on Monday, March 10, 2014.

In an article by R. Robin McDonald, on March 12, 2014 Wilbanks said; “that whistleblowers collect, on average, about 16.5 percent of funds the federal government reclaims in whistleblower cases. Kunz’s payout, represents more than twice the largest previous settlement in the history of a Stark Act case.” The Stark Act bars a medical center from submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid for health care services referred by a physician with whom the medical center has a financial relationship and who would gain excess benefit either directly or indirectly from that referral.

Lin Wood said of the settlement; “That Kunz’s made significant contributions … which were recognized by the United States in awarding her a 24.5 percent relator’s fee where the statutory cap is 25 percent.”

As you might guess only a part of the whistleblower lawsuit is over Wilbanks and Lin Wood are continuing to litigate against Halifax over allegations that the hospital fraudulently boosted revenues at the expense of federal Medicare and Medicaid programs by admitting patients for short stays of one to two days when there was no medical necessity to do so. The second phase of the Halifax case kicks off in July with a jury trial, where Wood and Wilbanks will seek between $80 million to $240 million on claims that Halifax committed fraud “with respect to improper admissions of short-stay patients”.

Lin Wood, always the Georgia accent attorney, went on to say; “I do not believe the general public fully understands and appreciates the important role in our system played by whistleblowers such as Elin Kunz. The public should look beyond her share of the recovery and consider the high price she has paid for having the courage to speak the truth. … She has suffered isolation, retaliation, ridicule and scorn almost every day for five years from Halifax executives and co-employees. Her career in compliance, a job she loves, has essentially been lost to her forever. But her courage has recovered over $60 million for the U.S. treasury with more to come. She is, by any definition, a hero.”

The settlement agreement includes an admission by the medical center that it violated the Stark Act by paying incentive bonuses to six oncologists employed by Halifax Staffing, a hospital subsidiary, that were based on the fees generated by prescribed drugs and outpatient and physician services. Federal prosecutors said that Halifax also paid three hospital neurosurgeons more than the fair market value of their work, which was then billed to Medicare and Medicaid, in violation of federal law.

One of the main things that Kunz found most offensive were that the procedures involved patient safety. Kunz discovered that there was no medical necessity for 90 percent of the spinal fusions performed by one of the hospital’s neurosurgeons.

Enjoy reading the settlement agreement, as you know most of these are sealed never to be spoke of again.

3-10-2014-Notice to Court of Settlement (293 downloads)
3-10-2014 Terms of the Settlement Agreement to Elin Baklid-Kunz (323 downloads)

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By Rose Turner
March 13, 2014
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Richard Jewell and L Lin Wood

Richard Jewell and L Lin Wood

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Judging Jewell’

The Grantland Staff of ESPN introduces the latest film, from award-winning filmmaker Adam Hootnick. This short film tells the story of a nation’s rush to judgment in the aftermath of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing.

The short introduction to the film says:

On Saturday, July 27, 1996, a terrorist’s bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park at the Atlanta Summer Games, killing two and injuring 111. The toll would have been far higher if not for security guard Richard Jewell, who discovered the bag holding the bomb and helped clear the area. Yet within hours, praise of his heroism turned to vicious accusations. Jewell would be hounded for months by investigations and the media. Eventually, the FBI would capture and convict Eric Robert Rudolph for the crime. Judging Jewell revisits the scene in Atlanta where Richard Jewell, a man simply doing his job, lost the one thing he valued most — his honor.

Be sure to watch this moving movie about the media and America’s rush to judgment of a man who was just doing his job and saved over 100 people, but became a huge “leaked” suspect by the FBI. Richard Jewell spent the next 88 days living in hell until his name was cleared. He died in 2007 at the age of 44, never being hailed the hero that he truly was.

Max O’Connell of indiewire introduced the film today stating that “Continuing the “30 for 30” short series, the online companion piece to the feature-length “30 for 30” documentaries, ESPN debuted “Judging Jewell” by Adam Hootnick (“Unsettled”) yesterday on Grantland.

The short documents the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when security guard Richard Jewell was accused of planting a bomb that killed two and injured 111. To add insult to injury, Jewell had actually discovered the bag holding the bomb and helped clear the area. Though his name was eventually cleared, Jewell was hounded by the media, and upon his death in 2007 the stigma still hadn’t cleared.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10365079

I watched it last night and have to admit I wept at this unsung hero and what Atlanta and all of us owe this quiet man who was targeted because someone just did not like him.

We contacted his attorney L. Lin Wood this morning, after seeing him moved to his voice choking up as he recounts how he asked Jewell to forgive him for believing the media swarming reports.

Mr. Wood said that; “I miss Richard every day. He was a special client and a dear friend.”

Richard Jewell and Mr. Wood’s defense of him in multiple lawsuits, propelled Wood on the road to become one of the top First Amendment Expert in US courts. Wood earned this reputation in taking on the media for clients who have been chewed up and spit out by a machine that jumps on a story to be the first often not waiting for the facts to come out. Wood represented the parents of JonBenét Ramsey, the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith, Natalee Holloway’s mother and those of less fame. Lin Wood has been said to be “The voice of the damned”

My wish, because of this new interest in Richard Jewell, is it will now move the city of Atlanta to put up a small plaque in their Centennial Olympic Park that just says, “Remembering Richard Jewell 1962-2007 a hero in the 1996 Olympics”.

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January 30, 2014
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JonBenet Ramsey murdered in 1996

On either CNN or AJA I saw an interview with a man, assumed a previous boulder detective. In that interview he said that a new grand jury should be convened and that Burke Ramsey should be made to testify about what he knew about what happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 1996 with his parents. Have any of you seen that interview and if so do you remember who it was, it was a dark haired man, and what channel it was on?

After that and the statement issued by L. Lin Wood I found this in a news source this morning:

“Among the witnesses who had gone before the Grand Jury were the Ramseys’ housekeeper, the best friend with whom they’d spent Christmas, and her brother Burke. There had been handwriting and DNA testimony. (John and Patsy Ramsey were never called to testify.) But in the end, Hunter had decided it wasn’t enough to prosecute JonBenet’s parents for her death.”

Which brings up the question what could Burke Ramsey remember now 16 years later?

When we asked attorney L. Lin Wood about this he had heard of the interview I referred to but had not seen it. He sent us the same statement that he has issued throughout the weekend.

“The documents released today validate John Ramsey’s position that the Boulder District Attorney should release the entire grand jury record and not just 4 pages from an 18-month investigation that produced volumes of testimony and exhibits. The grand jury’s true bills on Counts 4(a) and 7 are nonsensical. They reveal nothing about the evidence reviewed by the grand jury and are clearly the result of a confused and compromised process. The Ramsey Family and the public are entitled to the benefit of the full and complete record, not just a historical footnote. Fairness dictates that result.”

“It is also extremely important to keep in mind that the released documents from 1999 were the product of a grand jury that did not have the benefit of the conclusive 2008 DNA testing that led to the unequivocal, public exoneration of the Ramsey Family by the Boulder District Attorney. That DNA evidence also established that in 1999, the Boulder District Attorney rightfully refused to pursue criminal charges against John or Patsy, despite the Grand Jury true bills.”

Here is the two page indictment for you to read:

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Do you think Mr. Wood has a strong argument that this indictment in 1999 basically means nothing after the DNA tests in 2008? Do you think this case will ever be solved? What do you feel and think that once again John Ramsey has been thrown into the public arena?

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