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Life saver

By Jeff Terrill

Fort Wayne Reader

2014-07-03


Mark is one of the best trauma surgeons in the area. He loves his job. He helps sick people get better. He saves lives.

Last month, Mark treated a patient named Robert who arrived at the emergency room with three gunshot wounds. A medic mentioned that the patientís neighbor shot him. Mark didnít ask questions, he got to work.

Mark noticed a police officer standing outside the operating room for several hours. Mark did not care to know the reason. He focused only on saving his patientís life.

After hours of surgery, Mark learned Robert was suspected of killing his elderly parents and a four-year child who lived next door. The four-year old childís father shot Robert after Robert turned his weapon toward him.

Media outlets swarmed the emergency roomís entrance way. Mark had no interest in making any comments to the press. He focused on Robertís medical condition and the condition of his other patients. A hospital administrator spoke to the media. She expressed her condolences to the victimsí loved ones and praised the trauma teamís efforts in saving Robertís life.

After spending nearly three weeks in the hospital, Robert appeared in court. The judge appointed a hard-working public defender named Jason to represent Robert. Robert had no money and no support. He was accused of killing the only family he ever knew.

Jason met Robert at the jail. He spent time reviewing Robertís rights and the nature of the charges. Jason told Robert that he was there to fight for him. He told his client that the state might seek the death penalty. Jason promised Robert that he would do his best to save his life. Jason knew that Robert was not all there.

Hours after his first meeting with his client, Jason received two death threats on the phone and many more through social media. Community members ridiculed Jason for agreeing to represent Robert.

Last weekend, a man in Jasonís neighborhood approached Jason demanding to know why Jason would agree to represent a ďknown child killer.Ē Jason explained that his job was no different than that of the fine doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly to save Robertís life at the hospital. Jason told his neighbor that refusing to help or failing to fight were not options.

Jason is relieved that no one criticized the doctor for doing his job.

Jason will work very hard for his client.

Maybe heíll even save his life.

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Jeff Terrill is a partner/shareholder with the law firm of Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C. Mr. Terrill represents clients accused of crimes throughout northeast Indiana. You can contact Mr. Terrill with any questions or comments at his office at 260.420.7777 or via email at jterrill@fortwaynedefense.com. Learn more about his firm at www.fortwaynedefense.com. This article expressed opinions and observations of the author, is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader. Please consult a qualified attorney with any legal questions or issues you might have. Thank you

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