Let’s take a moment for a brief look at the ‘how & why’ the case of Doctor Alexis Touchton-Williams ended up being reported on the Medical Miscreants website:
On Friday, February 6 of 2015 – 15 months ago – Medical Miscreants received a notice from an informant in Florida, that a woman had just shot her former husband in Gainesville. The informant told us the reason he was notifying us was because the woman was a doctor and she was arrested for Attempted Murder.
We published nothing. We are not a headline news generator.
As a matter of policy on this website, we do not publish stories unless and until we have at least 3 solid reporting sources verifying what are believed to be clear facts of the case. And in fact, we rarely discuss any case that is pending. Because the facts were murky at best, we chose not to publish anything regarding this doctor, until far more was known.
In September, 2015 – 8 months after we first learned of the incident – we received a request from a concerned citizen, who simply asked that we publish her thoughts in an open letter to our readers. We believed the letter was well-written and brought up a subject which has been a major concern of ours for years: How is it that thousands of physicians can be charged with serious crimes, and still be allowed by state medical boards to treat patients, before it has been determined they are not a danger to society?
And THAT is an excellent observation.
So any reader of intelligence can see the letter – and our publishing of it – had very little to do with the doctor in question at all. It focuses instead on the repeated – and to our mind, dangerous – position taken by state medical boards:
“How can it be possible that an individual can return to the privilege of treating the most vulnerable members of our society, and yet the body governing the physician’s licensure, neither alerts nor informs the public, that this provider has been accused of being involved in a violent crime?
The secretive and protracted nature of the Department of Health review process is slanted toward protecting a physician’s image.”
Once Ms. Touchton-Williams was convicted, we reported the conviction. Our report included no critical commentary. In fact, we called the case ‘regrettable’.
This case has generated a significant response from the doctor’s supporters, many of which are every bit as thoughtful and incisive as the original open letter. Here are but a few, and they too, deserve to be published:
Gia said this: “Trust me, this man is scary. This is a case of self defense, with much more serious circumstances.”