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What You Don't Know
December 2, 2010 12:53 PM by Tony DeWitt
It is amazing what you do not know. You probably do not know that zombies from outer space are eating [ insert male politician's name here ] brain. You probably didn't realize that [ insert name of female political figure here ] is actually performing Read More...
Health Care Reform
June 30, 2009 9:00 AM by Tony DeWitt
The trumpets have already sounded, and the fight is on over health care. The warriors are riding toward the battlefield in DC, and they are armed with their powerpoint slides, their position papers, and of course, their checkbooks. On the one side we Read More...
Making the Law Work
September 26, 2008 11:45 AM by Tony DeWitt
It is often said, erroneously, that ignorance of the law is no excuse. The fact is, ignorance is frequently an excuse, and juries determine if it's a good one. Societies regulate conduct by passing laws. Sometimes the law is a little slow in catching Read More...
Brother, Can You Spare a Click?
September 23, 2008 11:40 AM by Tony DeWitt
There is a fabulous folktale about the gossip who, seeking atonement, goes to the village religious leader and begs to be forgiven for spreading gossip. The religious leader tells him to go home, open a pillow, and scatter the feathers to the wind, and Read More...
The Unsung Heroes
April 29, 2008 1:16 PM by Tony DeWitt
This week I would like to take a moment to say hello to some people who do not know me or the local legal professionals where they work. These are the thousands of facility operators, managers, administrators, nurses and clinicians who operate nursing Read More...
Code of Ethics
April 15, 2008 10:29 AM by Tony DeWitt
One recent trend among trial lawyers is to cross-examine witnesses on the stand with their association's code of ethics. The ANA has a very complete code of ethics, and it is doubtful that many nurses know it as well as they should. The problem with not Read More...
The Best Hospital in America
April 3, 2008 11:26 AM by Tony DeWitt
In a few weeks Advance for Respiratory Care Practitioners, the magazine that I started off with in 1988, will be celebrating its 20 th year. This made me think back to the times in my life when I was a caregiver and the many different places I worked, Read More...
The Technicality
March 20, 2008 1:17 PM by Tony DeWitt
"I just don't understand how someone can be a murderer, and a court can just let them out of jail on a technicality." My friend who made that statement had seen media reports about a young woman whose murder conviction was overturned "on a technicality." Read More...
Depositions 201
March 4, 2008 10:58 AM by Tony DeWitt
It is said that “assume” is the only word that makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” In a slightly more earthy comment, a drill sergeant of mine suggested that the word was the mother of all mistakes. Regardless of which way you remember it, remember that Read More...


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    A.L. "Tony" DeWitt, RRT, CRT, JD, FAARC
    Occupation: Attorney
    Setting: Jefferson City, Mo.
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