KERMIT Two Winkler County officials and the former hospital board administrator were indicted Thursday on charges related to the 2009-’10 case of the two whistle-blowing Winkler County nurses, according to court documents obtained by CBS 7.
County Attorney Scott Tidwell and Sheriff Robert Roberts were indicted by a grand jury on two counts each of third-degree felony misuse of official information and retaliation, and two counts of official oppression, a class A misdemeanor.
Stan Wiley, who resigned from Winkler County Hospital in October, was indicted on two counts of retaliation.
The indictments, which come from the Texas attorney general’s office, result from the criminal investigation of nurses Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle. They were fired from Winkler County Memorial Hospital and were indicted and arrested by local authorities in 2009 in connection with misuse of official information after sending a letter to state medical regulators. The letter outlined concerns including Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles’ supposed attempt to use hospital supplies for at-home procedures.
There’s some quote about ‘you can get a Grand Jury to indict a sandwich’ or somesuch, so while this isn’t a conviction it does bode well for some actual justice…