High drama? No fellow bloggers, this wasn't Judge Judy's courtroom. Today at around 2:45 p.m. Judge Lagrome D. Davis sentenced Michael Huggins and Tom Higgins to nine months in prison with three months probation and a $100,000 fine for their roles in Synthes illegal promotion and clinical tests by spine surgeons resulting in the deaths of three patients.
Judge Davis said that Michael Huggins showed a "knowing disregard" for the safety of the patients. But one must ask the $21.3 billion dollar question, why didn't prosecutors seek any charges against one Hansjoerg Wyss? Huggins and Higgins must share responsibility for their conduct, yet, how is it that one individual named in the original legal documents as Person #7, not be held responsible for the actions of those that were employed by Sin-thes. A miscarriage of justice? Is this another case where the minions pay the price while the man pulling all the levers rides off into Big Sky country counting his billions.
Obviously there will be no joy in the Huggins or Higgins household this holiday season, but then what about the deceased families? Hopefully Wyss will have done the right thing and paid for everyone's legal fees, a small token for keeping his raggedy Swiss ass out of jail. So fellow bloggers the next time someone asks you to do anything that potentially threatens your freedom, remember that at the end of the day, it's your ass that's on the line. As for the three deceased patients, may you rest in peace, all for the love of the almighty dollar.