Don’t tell me there aren’t two sets of rules and don’t tell me “justice” is blind.

So, what is the difference between this:

Clinic Owner Who Settled Wrongful Death Lawsuit Still Practicing Medicine

Updated: 02/05/2016 10:44 PM
Created: 02/05/2016 10:21 PM
The owner of a methadone clinic in Brainerd who settled a wrongful death lawsuit last week is still practicing medicine at his facility, despite being disciplined by state regulators for over-prescribing controlled substances.
Dr. John Stroemer, who has a long history of medical mistakes dating back to 1989, owns Pinnacle Recovery Services. He acknowledged last week that his clinic likely would have been found negligent for its role in a 2012 deadly wreck.
One of Stroemer’s patients, Vanessa Brigan, caused the crash that killed two Carlton County employees after she received methadone. She injected a take-home dose of the powerful narcotic before driving impaired down Minnesota Highway 210.
“I think you have to go back to the methadone clinic and the fact that they were negligent in starting the whole series of events that caused the accident,” said David Lingren, whose son, Mitch, was killed in the crash.
Despite the settlement, which allows families of the victims to seek at least $5.7 million in damages from the clinic’s insurance companies, Stroemer denied any wrongdoing and maintained he provided appropriate treatment, according to his attorney.
“Unfortunately, the patient did not comply with what they directed,” lawyer John Degnan said in reference to Brigan’s actions prior to the crash.
In 2015, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice found that Dr. Stroemer provided inappropriate treatment to other patients and had “routinely provided excessive quantities of controlled substances,” according to state records reviewed by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
Those records show Dr. Stroemer has a long history of endangering patients. He was suspended twice from 1989-1991 for abandoning patients, providing substandard care, and failing to monitor his treatment for chemical dependency. In 1996, he delivered a breech baby with the smell of alcohol in his breath.
Yet, time after time, Stroemer was given second chance after second chance. Permanent suspension of a physician’s license is rare, according to the board.
“Revoking someone’s livelihood is not a decision that the board makes easily and does not frequently impose,” Executive Director Ruth Martinez said.
In 2004, the board reinstated Stroemer’s license with no conditions. He opened Pinnacle in 2011 and is still allowed to practice medicine at the clinic despite the most recent disciplinary action.
“His current restrictions don’t even allow him to practice controlled substances,” Martinez said. The restrictions on Stroemer’s medical license and his history of providing improper care does not affect his ability to own a licensed methadone clinic, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
“They had removed any of that medication-related responsibility from him,” Inspector General Jerry Kerber said.
Kerber says a clinic’s license can only be revoked in certain situations like fraud or mistreatment of a vulnerable adult.
The Lingren family, who agreed to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against Stroemer to avoid a long and painful trial, wonder when the troubled doctor will run out of second chances.
“It’s just so frustrating for us,” Kathy Lingren said.

And this:

Minn. Man who Gave Woman Drugs Found Guilty of Murder

Updated: 02/05/2016 10:16 PM
Created: 02/05/2016 10:14 PM
CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) – A Chisago County man who gave cocaine to a woman who was missing for months has been found guilty of third-degree murder, but was acquitted of concealing her body.
A jury convicted 31-year-old Aaron Schnagl after just hours of deliberations on Friday.
Prosecutors said he was protecting his livelihood as a drug dealer when he dumped Danielle Jelinek’s body in a pond. Schnagl’s attorneys said the 27-year-old Jelinek caused her own death after a night of drinking, drugs and sex, the Star Tribune reported.
Jelinek was missing for five months before her body was found in 2013.
Information from: Star Tribune,


Of course, the obvious answer is money, influence, letters after the phony Doctor’s name, and likely favors done someplace in the political world of Brainerd and the state of Minnesota. How else would you explain it?  

One is a Doctor peddling dope to a customer that killed two people, the other is a doper doing what dopers do, the same as the so called doctor, one is found guilty of murder, the other just pays off with his malpractice insurance.  Maybe its time dope dealers start buying malpractice insurance, eh?

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