Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Attorney's false allegation

Lawyer claims documents not filed

By David Baker
Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A lawyer representing Samaritan Hospital has claimed that a transcript of a deposition I took of a nurse last year has not been filed with the court or provided to her firm.

The lawyer - one of at least two at this firm working on the case - sent a letter received Saturday which says: "Please be advised that you did not provide a conformed copy of the Examination Before Trial transcript of Mary Ann Lee to our office or the Court."

Lee is a defendant in the lawsuit. She was one of the nurses on duty on the fourth floor of Samaritan Hospital on the night Lisa suffered the injuries that ended her life.

In fact, the document was filed with the court on February 11. A copy of the court-stamped transcript was mailed to the law firm the same day.

It was sent via U.S. Post Office Priority Mail, with delivery confirmation requested. A check of the receipt number on the Postal Office tracking Web page shows an item was mailed that day from my ZIP code and was delivered the next morning to an address in the law firm's ZIP code.

But lawyer Kathleen Ryan at Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird was so quick to pounce on a mistake that she apparently didn't check her own files before firing off that letter.

I have now written to her, enclosing a copy of the court receipt and demanding that she explain why she accused me of not filing the transcript.