As you could probably tell from the results thus far in our reader polls, Georgia lawyer Andrew Speaker — the patient with drug-resistant tuberculosis, who engaged in extensive air travel despite knowing of his condition — hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the world.
If you run a search for “Andrew Speaker” on Facebook, here’s what you get:
We don’t endorse what Andy Speaker did; but we find these anti-Andy clubs a bit over-the-top. If you’re going to join a Facebook group centered on a specific individual, why not join one that’s about celebration rather than condemnation? Search: Andrew Speaker [Facebook] Monica Goodling Fan Club [Facebook]
Yesterday’s Lawyer of the Day here at ATL, Andrew Speaker, is a 31-year-old personal injury lawyer from Atlanta. He is currently infected with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. He got married and honeymooned in Europe, then returned home — initially flying into Canada, from which he drove back to the United States — to have his TB treated.
His critics argue that Andy Speaker, in traveling despite being urged not to by the CDC, endangered his fellow passengers, exposing them to a potentially fatal illness. His defenders point out that he is not symptomatic — and that many of us might have done the same thing in his shoes.
Anyway, enough commentary. You’ve all read agreatdeal about this story already. Time for a pair of (unscientific and imprecise) reader polls:
The Atlanta lawyer who has been quarantined with a case of drug-resistant tuberculosis, Andrew H. Speaker, has become an overnight celebrity of the legal world. And we’re happy to bring you more information about him.
First, from a fellow alum of the University of Georgia Law School, who knows Andrew Speaker personally:
He was a generally well-liked, pretty gregarious fellow, who did reasonably well in law school as far as I know.
I like it when a product of UGA Law makes the national news, but not this way!
[T]he patient, who had hastily left Rome earlier this week after CDC officials begged him to go into isolation at a hospital there, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that he thought the security was excessive.
“I’m a very well-educated, successful, intelligent person,” he told the paper. “This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I’ve cooperated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy thing.”
Third, as several commenters pointed out, Speaker’s wife, Sarah Cooksey, appears to have a personal website.
A screencap, plus links and more discussion, after the jump.
Here is the annotated engagement announcement for Andrew Speaker — aka “The TB Guy,” whom we just named our Lawyer of the Day — and his wife, Sarah Cooksey.
It’s a tale that’s abounding in irony. Check it out:
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