From Publishers Weekly
The six-month, nationally publicized trial in 1985 of five executives of a corporate chain of Texas nursing homes for the murder of an 87-year-old woman and deaths caused to other inmates through abuse and neglect, serves as a warning of the dangers of a system not equipped to care for an increasingly aging population, stresses Long, a Texas journalist. In this exposition of a major social problem inadequately funded by Social Security, the author credits a Galveston assistant district attorney for uncovering patient abuses, described here in harrowing detail, and doggedly pursuing the case despite political pressure from the powerful nursing home lobby and his own superiors. The courtroom drama and its participantspatients, their families, medical staff, corporate and legal figuresare vividly portrayed. Considered the most expensive criminal trial in Texas history, the case was ended by the granting of a defense motion for a mistrial. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Steven Long boasts more than 2,000 hours in the courtroom, more time there than most practicing lawyers acquire in a career. He has covered some of the most important trials of the last two decades, from murder cases, to the white collar madness called Enron. Few can capture the drama of a courtroom quite like him. He has now put his classic Death Without Dignity back in print. The book was honored with a State Bar of Texas Gavel Award. Readers devoured his Out of Control (St. Martin’s Press), the story of the Clara Harris murder Case. Every Woman’s Nightmare (St. Martin’s Press), tells the story of the fairytale marriage and cold blooded murder of Utah’s Lori Hacking whose body was left by her husband in a Salt Lake City dump. He recently turned to fiction with Ruby’s Passing, a breathtaking saga of crime, demonic possession, and the grandeur of Texas’ Big Bend country. Steven and his wife Vicki live in Houston and own Horseback Magazine.
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