Dallas DA: Ebola Patient in Texas may Face Criminal Charges for Exposing Public to Virus

by Admin on October 8, 2014

The Courthouse News Service reports that the Liberian man who came to Dallas and is the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. could face criminal charges if he knowingly endangered the public.

Dallas prosecutors are evaluating the case to determine if Duncan intentionally exposed the public to the Ebola virus or not said district attorney spokeswoman Debbie Denmon.

“On a humanitarian note, it would be cruel and inhumane to go after a person on their deathbed,” said Denmon. “But at the same time the DA’s office would want to show that there are consequences to entering the country by falsifying documents and then knowingly putting the public at risk.”

The Thai criminal defense attorneys at Chaninat and Leeds have been practicing law in Thailand since 1997 and specialize in Thai and international criminal cases. 

Duncan flew into the U.S. on Sept. 20 with the intent to marry his girlfriend. He developed symptoms related to Ebola on Sept. 25 and was diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 28.

Several days before leaving Liberia Duncan had assisted a sick pregnant neighbor who later died from Ebola. According to Courthouse News, “it is not known whether Duncan knew of the woman’s cause of death when he left Liberia for Dallas.”

According to Courthouse News, Liberian authorities are pursuing criminal charges against Thomas Eric Duncan, claiming that he lied in his airport screening by not reporting his contact with an infected person.

Read the full story here:

Courthouse News Service – Criminal Charges Possible in Dallas Ebola Case

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