Tuesday, April 29, 2008

L.A. Times Journalists Denied Access
to Nurse at L.A. County Public Hearing

Los Angeles County civil service employees last week physically blocked Los Angeles Times journalists from interviewing and photographing a county nurse as she appealed her suspension from Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital at a public hearing.

When Times photographer Francine Orr tried to snap a picture of Perpetua Okoh before the proceedings began, the nurse was moved by county hearing officer Judy Gust to a nearby room where she could hear the session but not be seen by the public.

According to civil service rules, a person making a disciplinary appeal must be at the hearing or the appeal is automatically dropped. [Click for MORE] Sphere: Related Content

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