Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Doctor's sex abuse conviction upheld (Doctor's convictions for sexually abusing patients upheld)
Sacramento CA Bee (AP) 21Jan00 D2
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- The controversial sex-abuse conviction of
LDS Doctor John E. Parkinson was upheld by California's 1st District
Court of Appeals on Thursday. The Court said that one juror's use of her
medical knowledge to answer other juror's questions about evidence
didn't taint the jury's deliberations.
But the Court did order a Solano County judge to consider the Doctor's
claim that the juror was biased against him, since the juror, a nurse,
had been in a dispute with Parkinson in the past.
Parkinson, a former LDS leader in Fairfield, California, was given a six
year, eight month prison sentence for abusing two patients, who were
also members of the LDS Church. Parkinson's medical license was revoked
in 1995 after more than two dozen women complained that his pelvic exams
were 'excessive.' While the Medical Board didn't discover any sexual
abuse, one of the patients that supported him before the Board later
accused him of molesting her and her daughter. Parkinson claimed that
his conduct was medically necessary.