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(Toronto Star)   Authorities release name of man who knowingly exposed fellow air travelers to rare, deadly form of TB. And, yes, he is a lawyer   ( divider line
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2007-05-31 02:26:32 PM  
And his new father-in-law is a specialist in TB at the CDC!
2007-05-31 03:01:38 PM  

This has officially brightened my day
2007-05-31 03:14:18 PM

And so it begins ...
2007-05-31 03:24:20 PM  
I hope he gets a lesson in liability.
2007-05-31 03:25:49 PM  
Guy is an idiot and an asshole.

He tested positive for TB BEFORE he flew to Europe, and yet he still went? "Doctors did not explicitly prohibit him from flying"? Oooooooooooooooh, that's a REALLY good reason. Anybody with half a brain knows that when you're on a plane, with 200 other people, with recirculated air, for over 9 HOURS, if one person is sick, you're going to get sick.

This guy risked others' lives so he could go on a pleasure trip. Asshole to the nth degree.
2007-05-31 03:33:32 PM  
But did the clock turn red?
2007-05-31 03:33:42 PM  
I hope somebody finds this guy and pisses in his mouth.
2007-05-31 03:34:04 PM  
What a cockbag
2007-05-31 03:35:22 PM
His wife, Typhoid Mary, waits for him in Paris.
2007-05-31 03:35:24 PM  
2007-05-31 03:35:53 PM  
I'm trying to think of a suitable punishment for this penis recepticle but I think "getting TB" is pretty good.
2007-05-31 03:36:27 PM  
And a personal injury lawyer to boot. How delightfully amusing (except for those who were stuck in a trans-atlantic flight with this assclown).
2007-05-31 03:36:33 PM  
Sure, he may be a prick, but the law enforcment officials who identified him are pricks too.
2007-05-31 03:36:34 PM  
The man knew he had TB when he flew from Atlanta to Europe in mid-May for his wedding and honeymoon

Nothing says 'I love you' like tuberculosis.
2007-05-31 03:36:59 PM  
From a CNN article:
After making it clear that he was set on traveling despite the warnings, the man asked during a meeting with county health officials whether it would help if he wore a mask, Fulton County's Dr. Eric Benning told CNN.

Since the county was not able legally to stop him from traveling, the officials recommended he at least wear a mask, Benning said. Speaker left for Europe a few days later.

Speaker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that health officials told him they preferred he not travel, but knew about his plans for an overseas wedding and honeymoon.

Total asshat! If he has anything left after the Gov't is finished, the lawsuits will bankrupt his ass.
2007-05-31 03:37:00 PM  

Andrew Speaker is a licensed member of the State Bar of Georgia. He attended the United States Naval Academy and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Georgia as well as his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. After working with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office and the Oconee County District Attorney's office, he chose to go into private practice so that he could represent injured people in personal injury cases. He concentrates his practice in personal injury litigation and family law.

2007-05-31 03:38:31 PM  
Turn your head and cough. Again.
2007-05-31 03:38:34 PM  
I was wondering how long that would take.
2007-05-31 03:38:36 PM  
Health officials in North America and Europe are trying to track down about 80 passengers who sat near him on the two transatlantic flights

I think I'm just gonna go ahead and start panicking.
2007-05-31 03:38:56 PM  
Good luck lady. You married a complete asshat.
2007-05-31 03:39:01 PM  
A selfish inconsiderate man with no regard for humanity and I didn't suspect a lawyer.

I am ashamed of myself.
2007-05-31 03:39:03 PM  
Let's not forget his wife. She may as well write her Will after that little honeymoon. I wonder what it felt like to kiss certain death right on the lips?
2007-05-31 03:39:30 PM  
Mr. Scorpion FTW!!
2007-05-31 03:40:10 PM  
2007-05-31 03:40:35 PM  
He deserves to DFXDR-TB.

One less personal injury lawyer.
2007-05-31 03:40:47 PM  
I am wondering how he got this strain of TB in atlanta.
2007-05-31 03:40:52 PM
2007-05-31 03:41:01 PM  
And his new father-in-law is a specialist in TB at the CDC!

Wouldnt it be fun if this is all some plot by the father-in-law to prevent the marriage :P
2007-05-31 03:41:18 PM  
Did anyone else see his connection to the CDC?
This is a bigger story and a lot has yet to surface.
2007-05-31 03:41:18 PM  
packtloss: Sure, he may be a prick, but the law enforcment officials who identified him are pricks too.

Why? He deserves everything he gets after all that - damned selfish asshat...
2007-05-31 03:41:26 PM

2nd from the right. A UGA grad and a personal injury lawyer. Sounds like he committed reckless endangerment to me.
2007-05-31 03:41:29 PM  
Just another example of the me first, screw you attitude in this country. Doesn't matter if he'll infect hundreds with a possibly deadly disease, he just really, really had to fly.
2007-05-31 03:41:33 PM  
screw this guy.. putting people in danger for his own crap he could put off. i hope the lawsuits are numerous
2007-05-31 03:41:42 PM  
We'll see what the Government does...prob nothing
2007-05-31 03:41:47 PM  
The arsehole flew again after finding out about the nature of his TB AND being told not to fly. How self centered and ignorant does one have to be? People like that really deserve to suffer.
2007-05-31 03:42:01 PM  
What really sucks is there were 28 students from USC Aiken (South Carolina) on that flight. They were some the ones who were sitting near him too!

/do I hear lawsuit?
2007-05-31 03:42:09 PM  
We're due a good epidemic anyway.
2007-05-31 03:42:17 PM  
Health official: You have TB. It's very contagious and you should not fly.

Idiot lawyer: Hmmm...I think I'll fly to several countries then and infect as many people as I can. Thanks.

/I guess it's not his fault for them not forcibly detaining him.
2007-05-31 03:42:19 PM  
Why isn't the department of Homeland Security beating this idiot up with rubber hoses?
2007-05-31 03:42:21 PM  
I know asshats like this are out there and have absolutely no regard for anything but themselves...even asshats who SHOULD be intelligent to know the danger of this (his father in law is a expert on TB for the CDC for Christ's sake)...

I'm not normally a paranoid person, but things like this make me lose all faith in humanity. I've got a flight coming up and I am seriously considering being one of those freaks that wear a mask at the airport and on the plane. For some reason being the vector for a epidemic pandemic doesn't really appeal to me like it must for this guy.
2007-05-31 03:42:43 PM  
This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy. People can't fly transatlantic with an iPod, but TB is ok?!? What is wrong with this planet?

/hopes that idiot gets sued into the ground
//before the TB gets him
2007-05-31 03:42:45 PM  
Infected with TB, a lawyer, and from the south. The reasons to hate him just keep piling up...
2007-05-31 03:43:12 PM  
packtloss: Wouldnt it be fun if this is all some plot by the father-in-law to prevent the marriage :P

Oh, absolutely.

"Let's start a TB epidemic, all so my daughter doesn't have to marry that asshole lawyer! GREAT IDEA!!!"
2007-05-31 03:43:26 PM  
Antibiotic-resistant Tuberculosis.

Consumption be done about it?
2007-05-31 03:43:34 PM  
The guy is a selfish ass clown and should go to JAIL, unfortunatly for us, I don't think he broke any actual laws.

Like most layers and politicians he is probably sociopathic and could care less about any damage he might have caused.
2007-05-31 03:44:37 PM  
"Nothing says 'I love you' like tuberculosis."

It's the gift that keeps on giving.
2007-05-31 03:44:44 PM  
Well, the initial charges should be 80 counts of attempted murder. Hopefully they won't need to upgrade any to murder.

/Better get the civil suits in soon in case he kicks the bucket ... tough to get money after that.
2007-05-31 03:45:16 PM  
Moose, ya made me snorkle,good on ya.
2007-05-31 03:45:46 PM  
The US military may become involved. Does art imitate life?

it all makes sense. they're executing code red. Step 1: kill the infected. Step 2: containment. if containment cannot be done then, step 3: extermination.

28 weeks later
2007-05-31 03:46:06 PM  
Just think...if this were a Saudi or Iranian, they probably would be on the front page as the 'Bioterrorist'.

Although with him being a Naval Academy grad and having a father in law who works for the CDC (as an expert on TB no less) I'm sure the tinfoil hatters are going to turn it up to 11...
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