California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Elder Abuse “Crackdown” Hits Small Fries, Spares Wealthy Nursing Home Owners
By Elder Abuse Exposed.com
February 22, 2013
Summary of article:
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and her chief elder abuse prosecutor in the Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Mark L. Zahner, are prosecuting a Sacramento small-fry caregiver for elder abuse and manslaughter after the death last year of an 88-year-old woman who suffered severe bedsores and sepsis but spare a wealthy, politically connected, corporate-owned nursing home.
Outline of article:
1. Attorney General Kamala Harris filed felony elder abuse and manslaughter charges last week against a Sacramento elder caregiver.
2. Elder abuse expert says disparity in AG Harris’ elder abuse prosecutions is biased against small-fry criminals, spares corporate-owned nursing homes.
3. Elderly victim died from sepsis due to neglected bed sores, says Justice Department’s go-to medical consultant, Dr. Kathryn Locatell.
4. DOJ’s first-ever manslaughter case against elder caregiver follows AG Harris’ plan last year to crack down on elder abuse.
5. AG Harris’ bogus elder abuse “crackdown” is a sham and publicity stunt, says Elder Abuse Exposed.com.
6. AG Kamala Harris files elder abuse charges against “low-hanging fruit,” not wealthy nursing home owners.
7. Defendant in AG Kamala Harris’ first-ever manslaughter case against elder caregiver is a vulnerable small fry.
8. DOJ relies on its medical consultant, Dr. Kathryn Locatell, to write reports justifying criminal prosecutions against non-wealthy easy pickings.
9. Kathryn Locatell wrote a DOJ-requested “medical report” contradicting a DOJ special agent’s recommendation to prosecute elder neglect in a wealthy, politically connected nursing home.
10. State nursing home inspectors, DOJ special agent, and emergency medical services (EMS) expert found nursing home neglect during elderly patient’s emergency and death.
11. DOJ Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) special agent who recommended criminal elder abuse prosecution is highly qualified, veteran EMS expert.
12. Deputy AG Melissa Biederman rejected DOJ BMFEA special agent and EMS expert’s recommendation to prosecute elder neglect in a wealthy, politically connected nursing home.
13. Kathryn Locatell wrote Mark Zahner-requested “medical report” contradicting a CDPH class “B” citation and fine, DOJ special agent’s crime report, nursing case law, and CPR standards.
14. DOJ’s chief elder abuse prosecutor, Mark Zahner, relied on Dr. Locatell’s “report” to reject DOJ BMFEA special agent’s recommendation to prosecute nursing home neglect.
15. Responding to Kamala Harris’ bogus “crackdown” on nursing home abuse, Elder Abuse Exposed.com exposes facts about Harris, BMFEA, Mark Zahner, and Kathryn Locatell.
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