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Salt Lake City Police Apologize to Nurse Arrested for Doing Her Job

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:30 pm


streiff covered this incident earlier today. If you have Internet access, you have seen the video. Even if you have been living under a rock, you have heard about this, because people are running around showing the video to people living under rocks.

Now the police department has inevitably apologized:

Salt Lake City police apologized Friday for arresting a nurse who, citing hospital policy, refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious accident victim. The arrest of Alex Wubbels, who was later released without charge, was captured on body camera video that the police chief said was alarming.

The incident happened July 26, when an accident victim was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital burn unit in a coma. Though the man was not a suspect in the crash, which killed the other driver, police asked for his blood to be drawn.

Wubbels, the charge nurse in the burn unit, presented the officers with a printout of hospital policy on drawing blood and said their request did not meet the criteria. Hospital policy specified police needed either a judge’s order or the patient’s consent, or the patient needed to be under arrest, before obtaining a blood sample.

“I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do. That’s all,” Wubbels tells the officers, according to the body camera video.

If they think the apology is forestalling a lawsuit, I would like to take this opportunity to heartily laugh at them. The lawsuit is coming. The only question is how big the payout will be.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

Comey Decided to Exonerate Clinton Long Before Investigation Was Actually Over

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:45 am

Is anyone surprised? #FAKENEWSCNN! reports:

Former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for running her government emails through a private email server before completing the investigation, according to two Republican senators.

Comey prepared the draft exoneration for Clinton before conducting interviews with top Clinton aides who were offered immunity for their cooperation, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in a joint statement, citing transcripts of interviews with former Comey aides obtained by the Senate judiciary committee.

Comey would go on to announce in July 2016 that the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton — although he sharply chastised her decision to conduct State Department business through a private email server.

“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” Grassley and Graham wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray seeking more information — including all drafts of Comey’s final statement on Clinton’s emails by September 13.

I do not believe the story because it is #FAKENEWSCNN!!1!

It was always obvious that an exoneration was in the works before Hillary was interviewed, and that Comey had not even reviewed the interview before making his statement.

President Donald J. Trump responded:

In November, after a campaign replete with regular rally chants of “Lock her up!”, Trump said: “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

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