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Jail Nurses Want to Keep Full Names Secret

Jail Nurses Want to Keep Full Names Secret

United Press International

August 27, 2009

A nurses’ union has asked a court to block a request by two accused killers for the last names of nurses working at the King County Jail in Seattle.

Margaret Conley, an official with the Washington State Nurses Association, said nurses at the jail fear inmates could get their home telephone numbers and addresses if they have their last names, reported.

“These are people who truly believe that the work they do can improve the community we all live in,” Conley said. “There have been threats against nurses in the past, and people are concerned about their safety.”

Joel Zellmer, a former corrections officer accused of drowning his 3-year-old stepdaughter after insuring her life, and Myron Wynn, accused of killing a man who disappeared in 1996 after trying to sell Wynn a classic car, filed separate requests for the full names of nurses.

Two nurses filed affidavits saying they are especially worried Zellmer might try to hurt their children if he knows where they live. One described him as a “constant user of the medical system” and said he “knows how to work the system at the jail.”

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