M. A. Farber: Difference between revisions

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Farber's initial involvement in what would become known as the Dr. X case began in June 1975 when the paper received a letter from a woman claiming that as many as 40 patients had been murdered at a hospital by its chief surgeon. The letter handed to him offered no information as to where the alleged murders had occurred or who the murder was, if there was anything at all to the letter.<ref name=Smithsonian>Farber, Myron. [http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/On_Not_Naming_Names.html "On Not Naming Names "], ''[[Smithsonian]]'', September 2005. Accessed October 19, 2009.</ref>
 
Farber pursued the case by speaking with someone in the forensic toxicology field who was able to recall a case at [[Riverdell Hospital]], a private medical facility that had since closed. Further investigation led to the identification of Dr. Mario Jascalevich as the hospital's chief surgeon. While Jascalevich's surgical patients routinely survived, those of a new doctor were dying at a significantly high rate. This surgeon, together with directors of the hospital, openopened Jascalevich's locker on October 31, 1966 and found 18 near empty vials of [[curare]], a powerful muscle relaxant that could case death if not administered in conjunction with artificial respiration.<ref name=Smithsonian/>
 
===Trial and jail===
When Farber was about to be jailed, his attorneys filed for an emergency stay on a weekend and [[New Jersey Supreme Court]] Justice [[Morris Pashman]] arrived in his golfing attire to grant the stay. When the full court heard the case the next day, Pashman was the only dissenter as the court upheld the lower court ruling and ordered that Farber serve time in jail. When the court reaffirmed the lower court action in a decision in September 1978, Pashman and fellow Justice [[Alan B. Handler]] were the only dissenters.<ref>Honan, William H. [http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/10/nyregion/morris-pashman-87-champion-of-free-speech-on-new-jersey-s-highest-court.html "Morris Pashman, 87, Champion of Free Speech on New Jersey's Highest Court"], ''[[The New York Times]]'', October 10, 1999. Accessed October 19, 2009.</ref>
 
With several breaks for appeals, Farber ended up spending a total 40 days in the Bergen County Jail and was not released until October 24 after Jascalevich was acquitted. The [[New Jersey Supreme Court]] upheld Trautwein's decision and stripped reportsreporters of shield law protections, though the [[New Jersey Legislature]] responded by passing even stronger shield laws to protect reporters.<ref name=Trautwein/>
 
Trautwein's actions in regard to Farber have been used as a [[case study]] in both law schools and schools of journalism. Jane E. Kirtley of the [[Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press]] cited how "Farber's case roused journalists out of their complacency", noting that "Going to jail for more than a month is significant in anyone's eyes."<ref name=Trautwein/>
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