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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

This just in... I think from Susan's lawyer

Exactly what kind of a lawyer thinks the general public is under any obligation to keep such threats private? I did not solicit the communication and did not agree that anything I received would be off the record. Where does he get off?

For the record, the envelope these came in provided instructions as to what to do if she did not come back from Carswell... in her handwriting. Not that I'm under any contract or obligation once they've been provided to my possession. I have redacted SSN#.

Mr. Fields,
It has come to my attention that you have posted some of Susan Lindauer's psychiatric records online. As you are aware, these are very private records which contain highly personal information regarding past diagnoses and medication. Making these records public, without written authorization to do so, is ill advised. Furthermore, the document I was able to view contains Susan's name, date of birth, and social security number. Publicly posting this information puts Susan at risk for having her identity stolen.
Having this highly sensitive information made available for public scrutiny, especially without her consent, is not in Susan's best interests. Therefore, I must demand that you remove the medical records immediately.
Additionally, you do not have permission to post or print any portion of this communication as it is off the record. Feel free to contact me at the number below with any questions.
John N. McPadden, Esq.
Talkin, Muccigrosso & Roberts LLP
40 Exchange Place, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10005
T - (212) 482-0007
F - (212) 482-1303



Blogger Gamine said...

Actually, I think legally people do have the right to request confidentiality. I am not a lawyer but you might want to consult one before posting any further correspondence or documents. Please be careful. Your intentions are undoubtably good, and my feedback is intended in the best spirit.

I too wondered whether you had Susan's permission to actually post these things on the web. Her case hasn't been decided yet, and we would all like to assume that she will return from the hospital and that these charges will eventually be overturned or dismissed. Posting this kind of sensitive document could really hurt her. While manyof us are more understanding of mental illness, there are plenty of people out there who will assume the worst and quietly cross Susan off of their list.

Susan is not a saint or martyr-- she's a human being who has something to say, and who will want to resume a normal professional and private life again. With any luck, this will be sometime soon. Please don't bury her yet. "If I don't return from Carswell" is a time that has not yet come.

So please, please make sure as directly as possible that what you are doing really is in keeping with what Susan actually wants.

I can still see her b'day and SSN on the document. By "redacted", do you mean altered?

Thank you.

6:30 AM  

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