Nurse advocate, state medical official happy with verdict against sheriff

Betsy Blaney, Associated Press, June 16, 2011 Midland - Advocates for nurses and a top state medical official praised the conviction Tuesday of the Winkler County sheriff for retaliating against two nurses who complained to state regulators about a physician who is a friend of his. Robert L. Roberts Jr. automatically lost his job as sheriff when jurors returned the guilty verdicts on four felony counts and two misdemeanor charges. "The verdict sends a message that nurses, patients and family members can bring a complaint about a doctor to the Texas Medical Board without fear of retaliation," said Mari Robinson, the board's executive director. ... Nurse