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Case Name Zitrin v. Georgia Composite Board of State Medical Examiners CJ-GA-0002
Docket / Court 2005cv103905 ( State Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
Dr. Arthur Zitrin, a New York University psychiatry professor and death penalty foe, filed a formal complaint in Georgia against Dr. Hothur Sanjeeva Rao. Rao stepped in to insert a catheter into a condemned prisoner's arm after medical technicians failed to do so. In December 2004, the Georgia ... read more >
Dr. Arthur Zitrin, a New York University psychiatry professor and death penalty foe, filed a formal complaint in Georgia against Dr. Hothur Sanjeeva Rao. Rao stepped in to insert a catheter into a condemned prisoner's arm after medical technicians failed to do so. In December 2004, the Georgia board dismissed the complaint and an appeal was denied. Rao could not be reached for comment. "All existing standards internationally and nationally held by professional health societies bars doctors from participating," Zitrin said. "I regret that there are colleagues who, for whatever reason, find it compelling, do participate."

On July 22, 2005, Zitrin filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Composite Board of State Medical Examiners in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, seeking to compel the Georgia medical board to punish doctors participating in the execution of prisoners. The plaintiff asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, asking the court to hold that the relevant American Medical Association guidelines and Georgia statutes bar such participation. On July 31, 2006, the trial court granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the case. The plaintiff appealed. We have no further information on this case.

Kristen Sagar - 08/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Death Penalty
Lethal Injection - General
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Georgia Composite Board of State Medical Examiners
Plaintiff Description Doctors practicing in and out of Georgia seeking judgment that participation by a physician in an execution is barred
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Final Order 07/28/2006
CJ-GA-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Brief on Behalf of Appellees-State Board 12/12/2006
CJ-GA-0002-0003 PDF | Detail
Brief of Appellant-Physicians 01/01/2007
CJ-GA-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Manis , Stephanie B. (State Trial Court)
CJ-GA-0002-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Manheimer , Hollie (Georgia)
CJ-GA-0002-0002
Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia)
CJ-GA-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Monroe , Wylencia Hood (Georgia)
CJ-GA-0002-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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