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Florida Dentist Arrested After Fighting 85 Year Old Patient Over Her Dentures

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Dental Patient Virginia Graham – click on photo for video

Good grief, what a moron.
A Florida dentist is facing assault and battery charges after he allegedly tussled yesterday with an 85-year-old patient over her dentures, police report.

According to cops, Michael Hammonds, 57, was attempting to adjust Virginia Graham’s “lower partial dentures” when the senior citizen “began screaming” due to pain caused by the ill-fitting false teeth.

“Graham removed the partials from her mouth and threw them at Hammonds, which he caught,” according to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office report.

When Hammonds refused Graham’s demand for a $900 refund, she tried to snatch the dentures from the dentist’s hand, prompting a “brief tug-of-war.” At that point, “Graham then bent down and bit Hammonds hand forcing him to let go of the partial.”

Graham then got out of the operating chair and sought to leave Hammonds’s Deltona office. But the dentist “got in her face and began screaming at her, causing her to fear that he would potentially cause her harm,” investigators reported. Graham told deputies that Hammonds physically kept her from leaving his office. She “made one final attempt to leave by trying to climb over the receptionist desk and out the receptionists window,” but abandoned that bid in order to avoid injury.

Sheriff’s deputies observed “multiple bruising” on Graham’s upper arms and forearms, and her “left upper arm was bleeding due to her skin tearing when Hammonds grabbed her arm.”

Investigators–citing the “totality of the circumstances of Graham being 85 years of age” and “Hammonds depriving her the free will” to leave the office–arrested the dentist on a variety of felony charges, including assault, battery, and false imprisonment.

Hammonds was booked yesterday afternoon into the Volusia County jail, and later released after posting $4000 bond.

Here is a photo of the dentist, Dr. Michael Hammonds:

The dentist as it turns out has a history of violence  according to some of his patients.
Aniseto Morales and his wife went to Elkcam Dental back in November after a crown they paid $1,300 for broke. They say the dentist office would not fix the work that was only a few months old. And the couple claims they were suddenly attacked by Dr. Hammonds.

“He came running out like a maniac, grabbed him by the neck and, I’m scared,” said Gladys Morales, patient’s wife.

WFTV spoke with another person who said he was verbally assaulted by the dentist and then pushed out of the office, while he was on crutches.

Neither incident had enough evidence to warrant criminal charges, but they have all come forward after they saw what happened to 85-year-old Virginia Graham.

His dental license has also been suspended in the past.

Dr. Michael Hammonds has been suspended for performing an improper root canal, failing to provide proper dentures to a patient, and then in 1997 he was sentenced to 33-months in prison for 10-counts of tax evasion. His license is currently active.

Here are links to State of Florida, Department of Professional Regulation, Board of Dentistry:

I don’ think Dr. Hammonds will be practicing dentistry in Forida or anywhere after he finishes his incarceration.


Obama Justice Department Tells Arizona it Illegally Obtained Sodium Thiopental for Executions

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Of course, the Obama Department of Justice did this to stop a legal execution at the last minute in Arizona, but Arizona switched drugs.
Hours before the scheduled execution of an Arizona death row inmate, the Department of Justice informed the state that it should not use a controversial drug as part of the execution protocol because the state had illegally obtained the drug from a foreign source.

The last-minute move stunned lawyers for convicted murderer Donald Beaty who had argued for months that Arizona hadn’t been in compliance with federal law regarding the importation of sodium thiopental, one of the three drugs commonly used for lethal injection executions . The drug is no longer manufactured in the U.S.

The Arizona Supreme Court delayed Beaty’s scheduled execution by several hours and Beaty is now set to die at 7:30pm MST.

Arizona had consistently argued that it had properly obtained the drug.

In a filing with the Arizona’s Supreme Court the state’s Attorney General said that it in order to “avoid questions about the legality ” of the drug it had decided to comply with the request from United States Associate Deputy Attorney General Deborah A. Johnston.

In the filing it said it planned to substitute another fast-acting barbiturate pentobarbital for the sodium thiopental. Arizona law allows it to change its protocol without hearings and legislative review required by some other states.

Just another attempt by the anti-death penalty crowd to stop executions. But, some states have changed their drug cocktails avoiding sodium thiopental which is no longer manufactured in the United States,

However despite the Obama DOJ involvement, the Arizona Supreme Court lifted its stay of the execution of Donald Beaty this afternoon, but it is unclear when the eecution will take place.

Arizona switched the sedative in the three-drug “cocktail” it planned to administer to Beaty from sodium thiopental to pentobarbital on Tuesday after federal officials said the state failed to fill out a required form to bring the substitute drug into the country.

Sodium thiopental, which renders the prisoner unconscious, has been at the center of a debate over appropriate execution drugs. Supplies have become scarce in the United States, and efforts to buy stocks overseas have stirred controversy and been turned down flat by some manufacturers.

Beaty, 56, an apartment complex custodian, was convicted of snatching Christy Ann Fornoff from her newspaper route in Tempe, Arizona, in May 1984. He sexually assaulted her, then suffocated her in what was then one of the state’s more sensational criminal cases.

Court records said he kept the body inside his apartment for two days. She was later found wrapped in a sheet behind a dumpster there.

A jury deadlocked in Beaty’s first trial. He was convicted of murder and sexual assault when a psychologist testified that he confessed to the killing in a group therapy session.

In last-ditch appeals, Beaty’s lawyers unsuccessfully maintained his life should be spared because he did not have effective legal representation.

He would be the second inmate executed in Arizona this year, and the 26th since the death penalty was reinstated in there 1992.

Eighteen people have been executed in the United States so far this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.