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DA on Shipley-Ford Investigation: ‘Political Hardball, but Not Corruption’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charges will not be filed against two state lawmakers who used heavy-handed tactics to help three nurse practitioners get their licenses back, the Davidson County District Attorney General said Monday.
Bobby Reynolds II, David Stout Jr. and Tina Killebrew were accused of over-prescribing medications at the now-defunct Appalachian Medical Clinic in Johnson City, where the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was probing patient deaths. The nurses agreed to the suspensions, but Reps. Dale Ford and Tony Shipley later pressured the Tennessee Board of Nursing to take a second look.
Ford filed a bill to create a committee that would review the board’s disciplinary actions. And Shipley tried to stall legislation that would have extended the life of the nursing board.
Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson said in a news release that Shipley’s and Ford’s actions were questionable, but not criminal.
Shipley said they did nothing wrong.
“There were no questionable tactics on our part,” he said. …”All we asked was that (the nurses) be given a fair and open hearing.”

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