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USA v. Peterson, et al.


Thursday, October 8, 1998.

Chicago, Illinois.
Judge Rejects Statute-of-limitations Argument

Update on disciplinary action by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation against Bennett Braun, M.D.

According to an Associated Press news report, the state has won the first round in its effort to revoke the license of Bennett Braun, M.D. On Wednesday October 7, Administrative Law Judge Philip S. Howe denied Braun’s motion to have the complaint dismissed because of the statute of limitations.

Psychiatrist Elva Poznanski has been added to the state’s complaint. Braun, Poznanski and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago settled a case with former patient Patricia Burgus last November for $10.6 million.

Burgus contends that under Braun’s care she came to believe that she was a high priestess in a satanic cult and ate meatloaf made of human flesh. Patricia Burgus spent more than two years in a psychiatric ward and her two children, then 4 and 5 years old, were put in a psychiatric ward for almost three years to be safe from the cult that the family and doctors had come to believe existed.

Braun has 30 days to respond to Judge Howe’s decision. A preliminary hearing for Poznanski will be held on November 9.

Bennett Braun has been named as one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the federal criminal trial taking place in Houston. Testimony and records introduced in the case of Mary Shanley indicated that he had served as a consultant for her treatment.

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