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Sunday, October 21, 2007
Strangle: To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle. (But that certainly is not the only problem here.)Shands doctor faces criminal charges
A Shands physician is facing several criminal charges stemming from an incident in which police said he strangled a former girlfriend and threw her into a pool, and a temporary injunction has been filed against him by the ex-girlfriend, according to records.
Bruce Goldfeder, 48, who is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida and serves as the medical director of the NASA medical support team from UF, was initially arrested Nov. 11 for an incident involving his former girlfriend, Juanita May, 49.
A neighbor helped May call police in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, and May told police that Goldfeder, who did not have a key to her residence at 3903 SW 89th Drive, was in her home when she arrived that evening, according to the arrest report.
During a struggle with Goldfeder, May told police that she was forced into the bathroom and that Goldfeder ripped her clothes off. When May screamed for help, she told police, Goldfeder stuffed a toilet paper roll and a hand towel into her mouth, the report states.
After a couple of hours in the bathroom, May said she was dragged outside by the legs and then thrown into the pool. The report states that once outside, May realized that thousands of dollars worth of her belongings had also been thrown into the water.
Deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office located Goldfeder around 8 a.m. that morning, and he told them there were drugs in a bag he was carrying, deputies reported. Upon inspection, the deputies found cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the bag, according to an arrest report.
Goldfeder was arrested, but was then released on Nov. 13 on his own recognizance by a judge, according to jail records. Jail records indicate that he was released under supervision of the court services office, including being under GPS monitoring.
Rod Smith, the attorney representing Goldfeder, said Goldfeder's version of the story differs considerably from May's version.
"There are two sides to this story and we're anxious to have our side heard," Smith said. "There's much more to this story than the allegations, and ultimately all of that will come forward."
Kyle Cavanaugh, senior vice president for administration at UF, said Goldfeder is still employed at the university, but that he is no longer seeing patients.
"We're well aware of the external allegations and immediately when that was brought to our attention, the university did go ahead and modify his job duties," Cavanaugh said. "His clinical responsibilities were eliminated. He is still employed and we don't expect a change in that at this point in time."
Goldfeder is as a faculty member in the department of emergency medicine at UF, and is the associate medical director of the ShandsCair Flight Team, according to UF's Web site. He also leads a team of UF physicians, Shands medical staff physicians and Shands nurses to space shuttle launches to act as support for the NASA emergency medical services team at Kennedy Space Center.
Also pending against Goldfeder is a injunction for protection against dating violence that May filed in court Dec. 10. A judge has ordered a temporary injunction against Goldfeder and a hearing on the possibility of a permanent injunction is scheduled for February.
Smith said he and his client have not objected to the injunction because Goldfeder has no desire to have contact with May.
Court records show that no hearings have been set pertaining to the criminal charges against Goldfeder, which include possession of cocaine, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and burglary.
Copyright © The Gainesville Sun (12/21/07)
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Libel Case Studies
From: COPY EDITORS HANDBOOK FOR NEWSPAPERS 3rd Edition ã2007 by Anthony R. Fellow & Thomas N. Clanin
Edit or rewrite the following if necessary. Explain why each of the items would or would not be the basis of a possible libel suit.
1) A story’s lead: A Thousand Oaks mother who stole her 5 year old daughter after a court awarded custody of the child to an unrelated Van Nuys man is being held on $120,000 bail.
2) A news story: Nathan Collier, a 21- year-old
3) A headline: Doctor found ‘not guilty’ in murder of wife
4) A feature story:
5) A review: Great news for fans of Peter O’Toole: He finally sobered up enough to begin work on another film.
An Unbiased Editing Quiz
Drawn from “Unbiased Editing in a Diverse Society”
by Elizabeth Wissner-Gross
Briefly respond to the following statements as an editor. Download to a Word document:
1. This is the season when everyone is hoping for a good tan.
2. He complained that he got gypped at the store where they sold him an egg for $15.
3. The suspect was described as black and weighing about 150 pounds.
4. The 21-year-old girl was featured on the magazine cover about woman pilots. The political party was searching for the best man for the job
5. The 10-man team helped to evacuate the passengers from the burning train.
6. The breadwinner in the average household tends to earn twice as much as his wife.
7. Firemen were heroic on Sept. 11.
8. The girls in the office threw a party for their boss.
9. Jane Anderson, an attractive blond, is married to Michael Anderson, a plumber.
10. The average American shopper prefers to buy her clothes at outlet stores.
11. She was a tomboy and played volleyball like a boy.
12. For a female candidate, she certainly did not know how to dress.
13. The peace agreement is valid, the senator said with an Irish twinkle.
14. Although she was a fundamentalist, she was nonviolent.
15. The elderly woman had just celebrated her 50th birthday with her grandchildren.
16. The 30-year-old murderer, who had been an adopted child, was sent to prison.
17. Ask any doctor which aspirin he recommends most.
18. Firefighters rescued the boy's adoptive mother as his real mother watched in horror.
19. Although she was old, she was still fashionable and feminine.
20. She was a pretty girl—blond hair, blue eyes—and smarter than you would expect a typical blonde to be.
21. In federal court today, the plaintiff wore an orange plaid ski sweater, gold earrings and matching slacks, and her hair was pulled back neatly in braids.
23. Our mailman said she had just started working for the U.S. Post Office.
24. He behaved like a real boy—wild, careless and assertive. She was bossy—wild, careless and assertive.
25. Although Justin was taking ballet lessons, he still found time for football.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Publication: Defenses for News Organizations
Publication: Defenses for News Organizations
3. Could someone reading the report reasonably understand it to be about a specific person, whether or not the person is actually named? Could readers understand it to be about more than one person – the person we intend, but also someone else?
4. Could you prove that the statements in question are true (and do so without violating promises to any confidential sources)?
5. If it turns out that you have the facts wrong, would a jury think you did not do something that any reasonable journalist would have done to get it right?
6. Assuming there is some possibility that the first five questions could be answered in the plaintiff's favor, is there a privilege that nevertheless justifies proceeding to publish? For example, is the report a fair and accurate report of an official government proceeding or document?
You can read this in your AP style book also:
Although the terminology may differ from state to state, a libel plaintiff suing a reporter or a news organization will have to prove five things in order to prevail on a claim for defamation:
4. The defamatory statement is about ("of and concerning") the plaintiff.
5. The defamatory statement was published with the requisite degree of "fault."
By developing an understanding of the legal elements of a claim for libel, reporters and editors can fashion guideposts that will assist them in practicing their craft in a way that avoids wrongfully injuring the reputation of the subjects of their stories - and thereby to reducing the legal risk to the publications for which they write.
* Who is who?
polls and surveys Stories based on public opinion polls must include basic information for an intelligent evaluation of the results. Carefully word such stories to avoid exaggerating the meaning of poll results.