NEWS: Dr. Jones' legal appeal to be heard by CT Supreme Court
New developments in the case of Lyme-treating pediatrician Dr. Charles Jones. Connecticut’s top court has agreed to hear a key aspect of his appeal.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear a key aspect of Dr. Jones’ appeal, which pertains to the first set of charges regarding two children in Nevada. Attorney Elliott Pollack has asked them to review whether the matter of bias on the part of the hearing panelist, Dr. Senechal, was properly decided by the lower courts, and whether the Department of Public Health should have been required to prove its case before the Connecticut Medical Examining Board (CMEB) by a “clear and convincing standard of evidence,” instead of by the “preponderance of evidence,” a weaker standard.
Note that this burden of proof is less stringent, for example, than the one used in proceedings against attorneys who are brought before their own disciplinary body – and significantly less stringent than the standard used in criminal proceedings: “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In other words, this standard makes it easier to obtain a finding of guilty for physicians who are the subject of complaints brought before the CMEB. The outcome of this appeal could set an important precedent for all physicians, as it challenges the standard of proof required in medical board/disciplinary proceedings.
This constitutes a victory for Dr. Jones and his legal team: only about 9% of these requests (“certification petitions”) are granted by the Connecticut Supreme Court, yet they have agreed to consider this issue!
The next steps involve the writing of the legal brief, which is expected to be challenged by the Connecticut Department of Health, followed by the presentation of the respective oral arguments before the Connecticut Supreme Court!
These steps will entail many hours of legal representation. Contributions to the legal defense fund can be sent to:
Pullman and Comley Trust Account for Dr. Charles Ray Jones
In the memo section of the check: Gift/Legal Defense Fund
Mail it to:
Elliott B. Pollack, Esq.
Pullman and Comley, LLC
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3702
- December 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm
I don't wish anything worse but lyme disease to all of those who punish doctors helping cure Lyme disease and to all who laugh in face of those sick once. Shame on you, I have had Lyme for 3 years and finally after 2and 1/2 years of visiting every specialist possible, I was diagnosed with Lyme, but the infectious disease doctor wouldn't give me more antibiotics because I already was treated for 1 month, where is the whole medical field? Don't spend money on stupid researches, enough is enough. Doctors, start listening to your patients and to yourself, not big farma and money.
- December 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm
The Commissioner of the Dept. of Public Health is appointed by, and reports to the Governor. Seems to me the Governor could just order his commissioner to back off on the Jones case. This might happen if he were properly educated about the Lyme Disease controversy.
- December 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm
It is time to stop harassing lyme Literate providers for caring enough to help hundreds of thousands of very ill people with Chronic Lyme Disease. This MD has helped thousands in his years of practice and deserves a medal not loss of his license! What ever happened to Physician do no harm? the medical community that is trying to destroy Dr. Jones should be held accountable for their actions.
- December 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Dr. Jones' attorneys should appeal this case to Federal Court (w/ Demand for Jury Trial under the llth Amendment of the US Constitution) – for professional status and ideas and political beliefs discrimination, harassment and retaliation for civil rights prevention of serious neurological and potential life-long health consequences known related to Lyme disease and co-infections.
- December 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Lyme disease is "not" a 'controversy' =
it is alleged 'outrageous' and 'wanton' ideas and political beliefs discrimination, harassment and retaliation for personal, commercial (Managed Healthcare, Big Pharma, Insurance and Bio-Tech) and ideas and political beliefs self-gain deemed more important than protecting public health and innocent children from serious neurological and potential life-long health consequences.
My family is a victim of all the above.
- December 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm
Physicians who false-fabricate 'Munchausen's by proxy' after Breech of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Standard of Care for tick bites with (CDC)-Lyme definitive Erythema Migrans, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Erhlichiosis and other tick-borne rashes with progressive neurological and long-term health consequences need discipline from medical boards, not Dr. Jones for prevention and treatment of serious neurological and life-long health consequences.
- December 12, 2011 at 9:57 am
Dr. Jones is treating our very sick 12 year old daughter for Lyme and Bartonella. She has been sick for several years and was treated by many doctors/specialists to no avail. Her first visit with Dr. Jones was in October 2011. She still has a long way to go but she no longer looks like she is a member of the living dead club. We have hope again – thank you Dr. Jones. We will gladly make a donation to Dr. Jones' legal fund to help a great doctor and man fight for what is right. God Bless you Dr. Jones!
- December 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Dr. Jones treated my son for Lyme disease and was able to confirm a secondary diagnosis of Babesia after 3 physicians had told us my son's vomitting was a psychological issue. Dr. Jones is a caring physician who has suffered greatly for his willingness to help others. I came from Kansas, desperate to save my child and that is what he did for me. Dr. Jones -thank you for aiding us in our time of need. Keep up the fight!
- December 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm
When is Dr. Jones' next trial, date, time? Keep us posted.
- December 17, 2011 at 8:51 am
Dr. Jones, is a brilliant and compassionate Doctor, whom treated me pro-bono, as I had no health insurance. And my son (whom did have health insurance.) He was an answer to prayer. If it wouldn't have been for Dr. Jones I wouldn't be sitting here typing this letter!
The Health Dept. should start viewing the countless cases which through Dr. Jones progressive and cutting edge treatments, peoples lives have been altered from disabled to functional again! From a living nightmare of pain and fear, to restoration of a quality of their life they had long forgotten until they meet Dr. Jones.
Thank you Dr. Jones for you diligence and tenacity in your pursuant as a Clinician to understand Lyme Disease and it's co-infections, regardless of the cost of the long hours you put into the research, treating patients even when your health was compromised due to kidney problems, you were still there for your patients! I know, I was one of them! I was treated by Dr. Jones in the later part of 1900's through early 2002.
Perhaps the Health Dept should learn from Dr. Ligners encounter with Dr. Allen Steer in the case of a patient whom was at Stoneybrook Hospital that Dr. Ligner believed to still have active Lyme Borrelia and Dr. Steer did not, as this patient had a previous course of antibiotic therapy for Lyme Disease.
Dr. Ligner was correct about his patients s condition, as active Lyme Borrleia was found in the synovial fluid.
Lyme Disease: The Sensible Pursuit of Answers.
by KB Liegner – 1993 – Cited by 28 – Related articles
Dr. Kenneth Liegner. LYME DISEASE: THE SENSIBLE PURSUIT OF ANSWERS * … they found the illness more problematic in individuals bearing HLA-DR 2, 3, .
Or perhaps the Health Dept should review the life of Jonas Salk, whom discovered a cure for Polio.
"Jonas Salk would solve the riddle to one of the most tragic mysteries in the last one hundred years. Born to immigrant parents with little money, he was the first in his family to go to college. He would grow up to challenge some of the brightest men of his time. He would confront doctors and scientists who doubted his methods, questioned his ability and ridiculed his results."
Lets start actively looking for cures for disease as team players…not persecute those whom are willing to step out of the safety zone and take the Hippocratic oath seriously and be true Clinicians. getting into the trenches of the unsolved, unanswered, medical problems out there that destroy and effect a life of an individual!
Thank you Dr. Jones, BC of you I have gone back to college taught Elementary Education…and my son…he is handsome active young man and is now in college studying computer sceince!
- January 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm
This man, this old fashioned good doctor deserves a really high honorific, not a trial after the manner of the French Revolution.
The Medal of Freedom would not be beyond proper consideration in my opinion. Not because he is an excellent scientist and diagnostician; but because he has the highest morals.
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