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In Support of Dr. Pou 

Supporters of Dr. Anna Pou will gather for a rally at the Peristyle at City Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday (July 17), the one-year anniversary of her arrest on charges of murdering four patients trapped at Memorial Medical Center during the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina (See "Charles Foti vs. The Memorial Three," Oct. 31, 2006). Nurses Lori Budo and Cheri Landry, who also were accused of four counts of second-degree murder in the case, no longer face charges.

"We're there to stand up for Dr. Pou," says Kathy Green, a nurse at Memorial and a member of a support fund for the nurses (www.memorialnursessupportfund.com). "We believe in the integrity of Dr. Pou."

Organizers expect several hundred people to attend the rally, and several doctors, nurses and family members will speak to the crowd. Attendees also are invited to contribute to Pou's support fund: www.supportdrpou.com.

"It has been a year since the nurses and Dr. Pou were arrested," Green says. "We would like a swift resolution (to this case) so these wonderful women can go back to work helping our community.

"Here we are again back in hurricane season with this horrible situation still playing out. No one can heal. No one can move forward."

Budo and Landry were compelled to testify before a grand jury investigating the case and will not be charged with wrongdoing. Pou, however, has not been cleared.

"We understand they are not going to bring any charges forward against the nurses. But our work is not done and we cannot rest until all three of these courageous women are exonerated. Our whole hospital has worked tirelessly through all this

"We're praying for healing for everyone. Our whole city has been traumatized and so many lives have been lost. We feel this is a continuing wound." CORRECTION In a preview about the O'Jays and LeVert with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill playing at Essence Festival ("Music Previews," July 3), we did not name Walter Williams as a co-founder and co-leader of the O'Jays along with Eddie Levert. Gambit Weekly regrets the error.

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