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In January, Charlotte, N.C., physician Charles Ferree similarly rejected his jury-duty notice, telling the judge his patients came first and that if any patient died (or even suffered) while he was on jury duty, the judge would be held responsible. Ferree also threatened to judge any cases he had quickly and harshly and made fun of judges’ relatively lax hours (compared to those of harried physicians). Only Dr. Ferree’s subsequently expressed remorse kept him out of jail for longer than the 10 days (for contempt) the judge handed down.
New York City P.S. 192 principal Evelyn Peralta-Tessitore (an anti-alcohol crusader) was charged with DUI after police spotted her at 2:30 p.m. on a February day, alongside a Bronx road, standing by her car, urinating.
Mary Ann Swissler, a part-time professor at Seton Hall University (South Orange, N.J.), was fired after she responded to negative student course reviews with an e-mail calling most of her students “mental midgets” and the most “homophobic, sexist, racist, lying sacks of (word represented as “s t” in a news story) I have ever met in my life.”
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