Blogger Comments: The past two days of hearing with Barney Lovelace played out like a game. The psychiatric physician for the jail was replaced on July 29, 2017. Convenient isn't it? He could only speak about mental health conditions for the past two months. Hum! He talked a good talk but it appeared that his walk was a little shaky. He talked about all the calls made back and forth between the jail nurses including the psychiatric nurse. The number of times and the hours spent in the Morgan County Jail. If I understood his testimony he did not keep logs of those calls or any medication he prescribed. The doctor also stated that when the jail has urgent needs, Nurse Nick would call him immediately but he did not keep records of those calls. According to the expert witness Dr. Coffman if it isn't in the record it didn't happen.
According to Dr. Shankar Yalamanchile he works at least 6 different facilities: Shelby County, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Medical Director of Mental Health at another location, River Region Phychiatric facility, Montgomery County and City Jail, and Morgan County Jail. All I can say is wow! No wonder he did not annotate logs of his communications with the Morgan County jail nurses. Hopefully, the nurses did. Dr. Yalamanchile also seemed to have a difficult time locating the Intake sheet. According to one witness who was in the Morgan County Jail, he denied ever seeing the intake sheet and denied providing some of the information on the sheet. In addition, when Dr. Yalmanchile's took over as the Psychiatric Physician for the Morgan County Jail, his contract was never changed to reflect the new assignment at the jail. The contract was not modified to lay out the number of hours worked at the jail, the contract assignment had not been provided to the MC jail's attorney, nor does the contract reflect the number of hours Dr. Yalamanchile will work at the MC jail.
Dr. Yalamanchile also stated that he spends approximately 2 or 3 hours per week at the Montgomery County jail and the City jail. Doctor Yalamanchile stated that he does not decide which patients he sees when he comes to Morgan County. The nursing staff makes those decisions. Is this before or after the initial 6-minute medical assessment?
Dr. Yalamanchile also testified that he has not seen all of the patients on the list yet.
So what will the judge find? Who knows?