Colorado

Dec 16, 2009 9:07 AM by Associated Press

Judge: Victims can't confront Hepatitis C surgery tech

Federal prosecutors preparing to debrief a surgery technician accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C have agreed to let patients submit proposed questions, but prosecutors still oppose letting them attend the debriefing.

The patients had asked a judge to let them attend the questioning of Kristen Parker, who worked at Rose Medical Center in Denver and at Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs.

She has pleaded guilty to stealing painkillers intended for hospital patients and refilling the contaminated needles with saline solution.

She is expected to be sentenced Jan. 22. In documents filed Tuesday in federal court, prosecutors suggest patients want to attend Parker's debriefing to strengthen pending civil lawsuits.

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