The Lackawanna County Prison Board met privately Monday to determine whether prison officials handled Shakira Staten's situation appropriately. After the meeting, County Judge Vito P. Gerulo, a board member, told Staff Writer for the Scranton Times-Tribune Borys Krawczeniuk that "The facts and circumstances really don't make a lot of sense right now, without us being able to see all of the medical information that we feel we should see in order for it to be a complete and thorough review." The board needs Ms. Staten's authorization to see her medical records, which her lawyer, Nicholas E. Fick, said that she would grant: "We have no problem signing whatever authorization they think they need. I'm a little puzzled why they would need her medical records."
Before the meeting even began however, there was a bit of a verbal tussle between Commissioners Robert C. Cordaro (Rep.) and Mike Washo (Dem.). Mr. Cordaro accused Mr. Washo of turning the birth into a political issue by calling for an investigation by an independent outside agency last week.
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Inmate's medical records sought [Scranton Times-Tribune]