Decatur, GA asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Georgia

Q: Is it legal to podcast about a doctor who is practicing outside the standards of care? He has 6 or more active lawsuits.

The medical board is ignoring many complaints about him and he has lost privileges at more than one hospital.

He is an OB and many women and babies have died unnecessarily under his care.

We are considering doing a “Dr. Death” style podcast about him to end his career of suffering and death. He’s also committing Medicaid fraud which has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General.

Everything we have tried including numerous media stories about him have had little impact on his career.

It’s very difficult to hear story after story about the horrible negligent things he’s doing to women and babies. He’s maiming and killing so many babies including a recent one that had 2/3 of his penis degloved during a circumcision, then threw the skin away so it couldn’t be reattached.

Just an awful, dangerous person.

We hope a podcast with people telling their experiences and factual information would be legal. None of the cases have been closed yet.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: A Georgia attorney could answer your question best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Even if your intentions are noble in trying to protect the wellbeing of women and babies as prospective patients, the fact remains that there is a possibility you could be sued for defamation. No one could say with certainty because there is no reliable means of predicting how someone could react. Truth could be a possible defense as a general premise of libel and slander cases, but that does not mean it is a preemptive shield - it does not serve to prohibit such suits. A consult with a Georgia attorney is really necessary to offer a more meaningful and detailed analysis. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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