Rep. Rob Bishop, politicians vouch for convicted Brigham City pill doctor

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  • hippo BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    Let me tell you how we the jurors came up with that verdict. We sat in that courtroom day after day listening to the evidence. We spent hours and hours deliberating. Finally after making gut wrenching decisions and being physically sick knowing what impact they would have on many people the judgement was rendered. It is misleading to describe us as "making snide remarks". It is easy to hear 1 side of the story and draw conclusions that may not be correct.

  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    Dec. 8, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    The man was tried and convicted of doing wrong and being a doctor he should be held to a higher standard. I notice on something like the Penn State you all scream what a bad person Joe P. was and how you lost all respect for the school, and the man that all the good he did was for not, I believe that a pill pushing doctor that been convited of the crimes he was should get no special treatment and should get the harshes sentence possiable. No different the man and all his good doesn't count he should go to jail for along time. He's no different than a drug dealer.

  • Yorgus Manila, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Our prisons are full of drug dealers whose crimes were less than this man's.

    When I go to a doctor or dentist and get a prescription for oxycodone or hydrocodone, I am given perhaps 10-20 tablets.

    He either wrote prescriptions for many dozens of pills, or he wrote 100,000 or more prescriptions.

    Either way, it's off the charts, even for a very busy doctor.

  • Carol@1959 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I am appalled that anyone would recommend anything less than the max 20 year mandatory prison sentence. This person made thousands and thousands of dollars by preying on the addict! This man alone has been directly linked to many many overdose deaths and yet some call for leniency? Prescription drug abuse is at an all time high in Utah. Utah is a leader in the nation with prescription drug overdose deaths. Where do you think the pills came from? They came from 'doctors' like MacKay who claim to be a professional. We want to engage in the war on drugs coming from Mexico when in fact the war is in our back yard. We have to stop making excuses for drug dealers like MacKay and put them behind bars with the rest of the dangerous drug dealers. Surely Rep. Bishop has not experienced himself or any of his loved ones in the throws of addiction because if his child died as a result of MacKay, he would not be writing letters to Judge Benson begging for mercy! SHAME ON YOU BISHOP

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Well, maybe Dr. MacKay dispensed the medications because.... Drum Roll.....

    He's a Licensed Doctor! Hey, maybe that's it. He's a Doctor. And had lots of patients. Including my own family members.

    And because his practice specialized in chronic pain management, yes, a lot of those pain medications he prescribed were....

    Another Drum Roll please..... Pain Medicatiosn! Imagine that! A doctor prescribing pain medications. Lordy mercy, Mabel.

    Just talk to other doctors in our area; they all have high regard for Dr. MacKay.

    And lots of people spouting off on this forum who haven't followed the case like some of us, or who know the individuals involved.

    Some of the government's key witnesses were admitted perjurers.

  • Doctor Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 7, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Maybe the jury showed up because they heard the facts and knew local apologists were going to attend to ask for leniency. He dispensed 1,900,000 oxycodone pills for crying out loud.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    Rogue juries happen. O.J. Simpson trial, anyone?

    Dewey MacKay is a great man and has done a lot for our communities here in Box Elder County. The Federal governemtn acted like jack-booted thugs when they seized his property and stuck m-16 rifles in his gut and to the head of his wife who was in the kitchen when these goons practically kicked down his door and seized everything..all his bank accounts and family vehicles for over two years without bringing any charges.

    Hardly thought this was American anymore, how they treated him and his family. Hardly due process. MacKay was involved in "chronic pain management" practice, which the DEA doesn't like as quite often, the people suffering from chronic pain DO get addicted. And there are protocols for determining when they are addicted and their meds are not renewed, and MacKay followed all of those protocols.

    But for the Grace of God... do any of us go....when the heavy hand and unlimited resources of the Federal Government come down on you.

    MacKay deserves an apology, not a jail sentence!!

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    Bishop vouches for a drug dealer. Lovely. (end sarcasm)

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    So a drug pusher should get special treatment? Would you feel the same if it was weed or crack? Would you feel the same if it was a long haired guy from the other side of town? Does a former Bishop get treated differently than the guy who never goes to church? Does status get you special treatment?

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    Well Rob, you support this drug dealer, I'm guessing that you would never write a letter like that for, say, the basic joe on the street drug dealer. This guy is actually WORSE. He's using his "respectability" to flout the law.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Dec. 7, 2011 2:44 a.m.

    Why be lenient with a drug dealing Doctor?
    Maximum prison time for this guy in a position of trust who abused it.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    I can't believe jurors would come to the sentencing hearing and talk like that. It makes me wonder how they really came up with the guilty verdict. Dr. McKay from everything I have heard and people in small towns talk has been an excellent Dr.