Former gossip columnist Karen Feld's nurse cleared
A D.C. Superior Court jury ruled Thursday that a Virginia nurse who cared for former Washington area gossip columnist and journalist Karen Feld during Feld's recovery from brain surgery in 2008 did not misrepresent herself and was not guilty of fraudulent neglect, and ordered Feld to pay the nurse more than $6,000 in back wages.
The eight-person jury took about 2 1/2 hours to reach a decision after a four-day trial in which Feld accused her former private nurse, Inger Sheinbaum of Vienna, of fraud, abuse and negligence, and said that Sheinbaum did not have a nursing license when Feld hired her to serve as her personal home nurse for $1,000 a day.
Feld had sued Sheinbaum for $1.5 million.
Neither Feld nor her toy poodle, Campari, who accompanied her at the trial, were in the courtroom for the verdict. Feld's lawyer, Steven M. Oster, said his client was "extremely disappointed."
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Editors
March 26, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
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