Court won’t reconsider letting suit in anchor’s death proceed

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it would not reconsider its ruling allowing the mother of slain Little Rock TV anchor Anne Pressly to proceed with a lawsuit over the illegal viewing of her daughter’s medical records.

On Oct. 4 the high court partially reversed a Pulaski County circuit judge’s ruling that dismissed the suit by Patricia Cannady.

The suit alleged violation of privacy and outrage on the part of medical personnel who viewed Pressly’s records even though they were not treating her.

In its October ruling the court dismissed the violation-of-privacy claim, saying it could not survive Pressly’s death, but it said the outrage claim could proceed.

In a per curiam order issued Thursday, the court said without comment it would not grant a motion by St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center for a rehearing in the case.

The hospital is named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with family physician Dr. Jay Holland, former emergency room coordinator Candida Griffin and Sarah Miller, a former account representative at St. Vincent Medical Center in Sherwood.

The three pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of illegally accessing medical records in 2009.

Pressly, an anchor for KATV-TV, was beaten and raped at her home in October 2008. She died of her injuries days later at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center. Curtis Vance was convicted of capital

murder, rape and burglary in the attack and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.