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October 06, 2004



this sounds like a set up.. and the sad fact is that he is being convicted in the newspaper.........he should be affored the same privacy as the women until he is proven guilty....if he is......the mere fact that he is being tired this way will leave permanent damage to his creditiblty.........not even to mention that his career has suffered severe damage.......


I agree with the above poster. The fact is that while the Middlesex County District Attorney's office conceded that the doctor is under criminal investigation, they did not say it was for rape. In fact, they stated that no charges have been filed and there is no indictment. So is the doctor being investigated for rape charges? Well, the Somerville News has taken the honor of connecting the dots for us, with anonymous sources. However, this is not the job of a newspaper. And it's a pretty slippery slope. A newspaper cannot publish every rumour that slides by them--and in the process ruin the reputation of the accused who should be convicted by the law, not the media--without assuring its readers that some form of the legal system is corrobarating with this story and it's factual. Right now, a couple of anonymous sources (although, of course, these women have a right to stay anonymous) who have not filed charges is not enough for me, the reader, to trust this newspaper and its reportage. The newspaper has not assured its readers of anything, but it's implying things like crazy, and this is dangerous. The doctor is under criminal investigation--yes. Did the proper officials say it was for rape--no. Has this newspaper implied, with vivid detail, that the doctor is under investigation for rape--yes. This doctor should be found innocent or guilty in a court of law, and the newspaper can report on this after charges have been filed or the investigation for rape has been verified by the proper officials. But to imply right now that he raped these women is preposterous. And what if these women never press charges, and everything just floats away? The paper got a good, juicy story out of it, and the doctor, a private citizen, well his career and reputation are ruined. I hope The Somerville News has a good lawyer, because a lawsuit could easily be coming their way. Libel, anyone? As quoted in the article, "Physicians are bound by a code of ethics." Newspapers, as forgotten in this article, are bound by this too.

ER Doctor, MD, MPH

I can't believe that you would publish so discriminately. When it comes to reporting, it is only fair to withold the names of the accused as well as the accuser in such an inflammatory situation. You have ruined the reputation of a health care provider with the information you have printed. Whether or not it is true is for the courts to decide, not for you. This physician has gone through years of training as well as provided care for countless numbers. The person who is accusing has simply, without hard evidence, ruined this doctor's life. With an accusation, this person has disrupted a reputation, a life and a career. We require stringent evidence from our president, how can one accept hearsay when it comes to words of mass destruction?

Ian Cartwright

I have been a journalist for nearly twenty years and this article saddens me to the core. It reeks of the worst that tabliod journalism has to offer. Though I hope it is not true, I would guess that some young thrusting journo is trying to get their first front page story. If N.W. McCabe is not aware, peoples lives are being toyed with and thrown away. He may consider the consequences of his words if he had truly set about his work. The article reads as if he has received a call from the accuser, made one call to the doctor and his superior, and then rushed to meet the print deadline. If you look at the structure, Dr Courban was convicted in the first few paragraphs and then enough quivication was provided after to try and avoid being sued. If you and your editors really had an understanding of the charges being brought against him, you'd know that even if they were thown out in court, the episode his finished his career in the Boston Metro area. If he is cleared of any wrong doing, I hope you are subject to the ostracism Dr. Courban is now enduring. I hope this not just another story for you. I curtainly isn't for him.


Why did you, Neil Mc Cabe stop covering the story? Isn't it "juicy" enough for the Sommerville News anymore? Or is it because you realize now that you made a fatal mistake of "judging" someone and reporting only one side of the story? Is it because the Doctor may indeed be innocent of the allegations? I believe in objective unbiased reporting that the Sommerville News and Neil Mc Cabe should think about before slandering a Medical Doctors career. This is the most biased story I have ever read in my life. You should be ashamed of your published reporting and research the story further and publish more than your speculative views.


I hear that the national enquirer has an opening. You should apply Neil. You fit their bill to a T.


Most Honest? Least Honest? the Envelope, Please...

Wed Dec 8, 9:19 AM ET


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nurses get top marks when it comes to honesty and ethics, and car salesmen are the least trusted people, according to Gallup's annual U.S. survey of professions released on Tuesday.

Poll Description and Results (Gallup)

Nurses were given a "very high" or "high rating" by 79 percent of those surveyed nationwide in telephone interviews with 1,015 adults, aged 18 or older, conducted Nov. 19-21.
Grade school teachers were next highest on the chart of 21 professions at 73 percent, one point higher than pharmacists and military officers.
Car salesmen brought up the rear with only 9 percent rating their honesty and ethics as high. That was one point lower than for people in advertising.

Journalists did not fare much better in public approval. TV reporters (23 percent) and newspaper reporters (21) ranked below auto mechanics (26) and nursing home operators (24) on the list.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, Gallup said.

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