Texas Nurse Acquitted In Case That Gained National Attention

Andrews, Texas – Anne Mitchell says her duty to report doctors she believes aren't giving patients proper care won't change in the wake of her acquittal on a felony charge that could have sent her to prison for 10 years.

She said, "I still have to do those things for patients," after an Andrews County jury returned its verdict Thursday. "My duty's never changed."

Mitchell was charged with "misuse of official information" after she filed an anonymous complaint to a state medical board. She complained about a doctor she said had improperly encouraged patients to buy herbal medicines and wanted to use hospital supplies to perform a procedure at a patient's home.

Mitchell filed the complaint in April against Dr. Rolando Arafiles with the Texas Medical Board. The doctor, in turn, filed a harassment complaint against her with Winkler County authorities.

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