Doctor acquitted of killing 14 patients sues health system in Detroit federal court

Detroit – An Ohio doctor has been acquitted in the deaths of 14 patients who died after taking painkillers, against the National Catholic Health System, which sued the hospital where he worked in the intensive care unit.

William Hussell alleges malicious prosecution and names Trinity Health Corp. in a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit. He is seeking a jury trial and at least $20 million in damages.

Hussel was accused of ordering pain medication for patients in the Columbus area at Mount Carmel Health System. He was charged in cases involving the use of at least 500 micrograms of the powerful drug fentanyl.

Prosecutors in the case said that ordering such a dose for a non-surgical situation would indicate an intent to end life. Hussel’s lawyers argued that he was providing comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

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