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Re: “Buchanan Goes Gonzo

Dear Mr. McIntire, Thank you for being willing to say what others are only thinking. Personally, I do not believe Ms. Buchanan targeted Dr. Wecht for political purposes. In my humble opinion, I feel Ms. Buchanan targeted Dr. Wecht for the headlines and publicity it would grant her. In the past, Ms. Buchanan haas taken on similar cases that lack real substance. You mentioned the Tommy Chong case. I would also point you over to the Dr. Bernard L. Rottschaefer case. In this federal lawsuit (which many have called an illegal and unethical witch hunt) Ms. Buchanan utilized her position to slander Dr. Rottschaefer in the media through claiming a sex for drugs arrangement was happening in the good doctor's office. Then in the court appeal proceedings, Ms. Buchanan argued sex had nothing to do with the verdict and Dr. Rottschaefer was guilty for prescribing medications for no legitimate medical reason. This claim of no legitimate reason rested on the testimony of five individuals who claimed they did not have the ailments Dr. Rottschaefer claimed he was treating. Since the criminal trial, evidence surfaced that all five patients lied under oath in the court of law. Contrary to the accusations of the prosecution, it appears all five patients were still being treated (by other physicians) for the ailments they claimed did not exist during the time of Dr. Rottschaefer's trial. The major difference in the treatment plans is that the new physicians were upping the dosages of the alleged illegal medications. Now of course this evidence would have been beneficial to the defense, yet for some reason it never reached them. The patients obviously did not release the medical records due to the impact at the trial and for some reason neither the prosecution or investigators came across this information in their investigative process. I'm sure there is no other explanation such as the potential that Ms. Buchanan's staff deliberately mislead the court and withheld evidence from the defense team, but then I think of this additional point. The fact that all five patient witnesses were coerced and bribe with plea deals from Ms. Buchanan's office. Two individuals were given probation for multiple drug sales after Dr. Rottschaefer's trial. These two patients were also released from state jail due to their testimony and the orders signed by Ms. Buchanan. On the witness stand, these individuals said that there were no deals with the prosecution's office or the prosecutor in Dr. Rottschaefer's case. After trial though, private correspondences surfaced that detailed there were deals in place executed by the Assistant US Attorney assigned to Dr. Rottschaefer's case. Oh, and guess what, these individuals are still breaking the law today, but for some reason, Ms. Buchanan's office has chosen not to revoke their probation agreements. Fishy eh?? As for the other individuals, one was not prosecuted for attempted vehicular manslaughter and operating a drug ring. Another was granted a pass on murder. Yes, that's right her actions resulted in someone else's death, but the feds chose not to prosecute. All in all, the case now appears to stink. Just another example of Mary Mary running after headlines prior to getting a handle around the facts. To bad, it appears Mary Beth Buchanan utilized the public resources at her command to frame an innocent individual. Wonder if this is a more appropriate case for review of misuse of public resources? Guess we will never know since Mary Beth will probably never recuse herself from the case and grant an impartial review.

Posted by Jason_Diggs on 11/17/2007 at 9:47 AM

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