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Old 01-08-10, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Tem View Post
From what I've read, he was still a practicing ER doctor at the time of the incident. He resigned afterwards. I think that the fact that he downplayed the cyclists' injuries at the scene, when he clearly knew better, would have a direct effect on how the medical board evaluates the way he practices medicine.
And he made the "mistake" of making that diagnosis while talking to the 911 operator where every word was recorded. So it's all on record.

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Does anyone know how much time he is likely to serve under California law? I haven't seen anything on the status of his driver's license either. It would be a shame if he gets to start driving as soon as he's released.
Here's hoping that he doesn't get it back anytime soon.
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Old 01-08-10, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by dougmc View Post
Actually, that page is about license applications, not existing licenses. The rules are likely to be different.

Is this the guy? Sure looks like it, though three people have the same first and last names -- https://licenselookup.mbc.ca.gov/lice...seNumber=31475

If so ... his license is currently suspended. "Licensee suspended during incarceration following a felony conviction." I guess it would be un-suspended once he gets out?

It also says malpractice judgment, though I imagine that's unrelated.
The malpractice judgment might be because of his trying to downplay the severity of the injuries to the cyclists.
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Old 01-08-10, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
One article said that his CA license to practice medicine was suspended, and he's financially about broke. He and his wife had to move out of the state due to harassment after the incident.

In addition, he's 60 years old, so if he serves the whole 5 years he'll be 65 and broke (and probably divorced) when he gets out. He's probably unlikely to regain his fortunes during the rest of his life.
So even if he is responsible to the one cyclist for his dental care he couldn't afford it. Isn't that just too bad that he had to move out of state? I feel for his wife other then marrying a bozo she didn't do anything wrong.

Hopefully others will see what's happened to him and think twice about trying to "teach" a cyclist a lesson.
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Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
Five years seems about right to me. Perhaps he could be given a chance to work in the prison hospital.
That's what I had suggested when we first started talking about him.
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Old 01-08-10, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dougmc View Post
His legal defense failed. He's going to prison for a number of years. He's likely to be somebody's b*tch (with all the benefits and responsibilities that said position entails.) When he does get out, he'll likely be broke and will have civil judgements over his head as well. He may have problems with his medical license. His name is all over the media, and not in a good way. People will likely remember him when he does get out, putting his name into the media yet again.

It's an appropriate time to cry.
I have no sympathy for him as he brought it all on himself. If he had bothered to learn the laws as they applied to bicycles and learned that because of the speed that they were going that they were not legally required to ride single file, and that they have a right to be on the road none of this would have happened.
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Old 01-08-10, 06:50 PM
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Thompson also suffers from coronary artery disease and that incarceration could prove fatal. Since the crash, he has suffered from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder that includes disturbed dreams and sleep disorder among other symptoms, according to a report by a clinical psychologist hired by the defense.
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Riding a bike will help alleviate some of those health problems.
Hmm, HE's the one who causes severe bodily injury to an innocent bystander and HE has PTSD and disturbed dreams and sleep disorders??? I think that it's probably safe to say that his victims ALL of them are probably experiencing pretty much the same thing and with good reason.
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Old 01-08-10, 06:55 PM
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The 'next thread over' is carrying the same story, and I posted over there; part of what I said was about normally not wishing ill on anyone -- but in this case, I'm having a hard time with that philosophy.

The 'good doctor' has cornered a whole lot of 'deserve' here.................
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Old 01-08-10, 11:12 PM
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He got five years in prison.

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Old 01-09-10, 05:21 AM
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He won't be broke. The civil suits will settle at or below his insurance policy limits, he won't lose a dime, though his premiums might well go up. He's probably got some retirement stuff socked away, if not he can sell the house and still buy some pretty nice digs in a less pricey location and still have cash.

So here's the real deal. He'll serve 2 years (if that) of his 5, get early release, walk out into a retirement that will still be more comfortable than yours or mine. If he wants to work, there's plenty of ways a defrocked MD can still make easy money, part time. Odds are, however, he will get his license back if he just asks.

He probably won't try to kill any more cyclists, though, which is a good thing.
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Old 01-09-10, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Ajenkins View Post
He won't be broke. The civil suits will settle at or below his insurance policy limits, he won't lose a dime, though his premiums might well go up. He's probably got some retirement stuff socked away, if not he can sell the house and still buy some pretty nice digs in a less pricey location and still have cash.

So here's the real deal. He'll serve 2 years (if that) of his 5, get early release, walk out into a retirement that will still be more comfortable than yours or mine. If he wants to work, there's plenty of ways a defrocked MD can still make easy money, part time. Odds are, however, he will get his license back if he just asks.

He probably won't try to kill any more cyclists, though, which is a good thing.
I doubt it will be easy for him to get his license back. A felony conviction is a huge red flag to the reviewing committee that wold need to approve renewing his license. And there are so many things he could do without his license, I doubt he'll practice legally again.
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Old 01-10-10, 05:49 AM
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Look, you had 5 doctors intentionally withholding life-saving treatment from black men with syphillis in Tuskegee as a "scientific" experiment. None of the 5 doctors lost their licenses, hell, none of them even had their hands slapped. Good ole doc Thompson will get his license back, no problem.
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Old 01-12-10, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by thdave View Post
It's not a watershed event?

Goofy. It's the biggest new out there regarding cyclists and legitimizes/ supports our rights to ride on the roads, while sending a message to those trying to harass us.

It's irrelevant that the guy did it to himself.

I'm happy with a 5 year sentence.
I'm happy with a five year sentence as well.

As for it not being a watershed event, Bob Mionske seems to agree.

He wasn't prosecuted because the police and DA are now committed to prosecuting these cases -- he was prosecuted because there was so much evidence against him -- several unrelated (except for him) incidents, his own statements, etc.
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truTV (formerly Court TV) In Session show, just did a 5 minute segment on the case with cyclist interview on March 9. Good pro-cycling slant.
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Old 03-09-10, 10:53 PM
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I can't imagine that they have to slant that story one iota. It screams horror to anyone. A doctor who intentionally does injury to someone? I think that is an outrage to any sensible person, even if they never touched a bike, nor a motorcycle, nor had a child who rode a bike.
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The original story was straight forward.

The slant was the host continuing on about how he has seen some dangerous treatment of cyclist in NY and asking what can be done about it.

Plus the story was imbedded within their multi-day covered of a man on trial for road rage in which 3 teenagers died (although the teenagers and a friend all played a big part in the multi-car/bus collision).

PS: in this context, slant means point of view
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Appeal denied:

https://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...viction_186455
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Good! This so-called doctor should also lose his license to practice medicine, since he's long-since forgotten what the Hippocratic Oath means.
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Old 07-29-11, 02:17 PM
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I always thought he should keep his license at least while he's in prison and be made to work as a prison doctor for $1/day.
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I always thought he should keep his license at least while he's in prison and be made to work as a prison doctor for $1/day.
Agreed, given that I'm sure doctor's/nurse's are just breaking down the doors to work in our nations prison system. If one is arrested, and convicted of some crime that they should have to work in the prison infirmary as part of their sentence.
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Agreed, given that I'm sure doctor's/nurse's are just breaking down the doors to work in our nations prison system. If one is arrested, and convicted of some crime that they should have to work in the prison infirmary as part of their sentence.
Should not work in prison, should be made to waste life like other prisoners. Would not want scum of the earth scabbing for legitimately paid medical help.
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Old 07-30-11, 05:18 PM
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Should not work in prison, should be made to waste life like other prisoners. Would not want scum of the earth scabbing for legitimately paid medical help.
Putting convicted doctors and nurses to work in the prison/jail hospital frees those other doctors up to work in civilian hospitals, and/or private practice.

Anyone sitting in jail/prison should have to work for their room, board and food, and medical care and education. Just because they are in jail/prison doesn't mean that they should get a "free ride," they should have to work to earn things.
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Good! This so-called doctor should also lose his license to practice medicine, since he's long-since forgotten what the Hippocratic Oath means.
He will not lose his license. For an MD, running over a couple of cyclists is minor-league stuff, and no licensing board worth its salt would consider such a silly response.

After all, none of the inhuman, pathological ****s that conducted the Tuskegee Experiment ever lost their licenses, nor did the state licensing board even slap anybody's hands for such reprehensible behavior.

Then, of course, there was the case of deceased pedophile Dr. George Reardon, who abused children with complete freedom, for years, while allegedly being protected by his hospital employer.

Compared to these guys, Thompson is a freakin' piker. He'll have his license taken away about the same time as frozen pigs fly in hellish snowballs.
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Putting convicted doctors and nurses to work in the prison/jail hospital frees those other doctors up to work in civilian hospitals, and/or private practice.

Anyone sitting in jail/prison should have to work for their room, board and food, and medical care and education. Just because they are in jail/prison doesn't mean that they should get a "free ride," they should have to work to earn things.
Agreed. Instead of the prison system being a huge financial sink hole, it should at least try to break even if it can. Profit would be even nicer. Doctors tend to be expensive.
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Agreed. Instead of the prison system being a huge financial sink hole, it should at least try to break even if it can. Profit would be even nicer. Doctors tend to be expensive.
Doctors and nurses are just the tip of the iceberg as it were. ALL inmates as part of their in processing, should be given an aptitude test to find out what they're good at. Teachers/professors should be assigned to work in the prison/jail school, gardeners, etc. doing the landscaping; cooks, etc. assigned to the mess hall; and so on and so forth.

Prisons/jails should also be set up so that they actually manufacture something or provide some sort of service to the community. And any inmate who doesn't wish to work at some sort of job within the prison/jail should be assigned to solitary, and given just the bare basics in food and healthcare.

For those that are working, if they owe child support that is paid out of their income, as well as paying restitution to their victims.
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