Episode 048: Michelle Shughart│State of Texas v. Christopher Duntsch│Convicted - Life Imprisonment - Part 2
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Michelle Shughart, Dallas District Attorney.
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In the riveting conclusion of a two-part series, Dallas District Attorney Michelle Shughart explains how she criminally prosecuted Dr. Christopher Duntsch, also known as “Dr. Death,” and secured the nation’s first life imprisonment of a physician for actions towards a patient. Dr. Duntsch was convicted of knowingly maiming an elderly woman by surgically implanting spinal fusion hardware into muscle, not bone. Jurors heard how Dr. Duntsch resigned from his practicing hospital and was able to continue treating patients, despite causing life-altering injuries to dozens of patients. This landmark case and Dr. Duntsch’s disturbing actions were the focus of the popular Dr. Death Podcast, hosted by top medical journalist Laura Beil.
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Michelle Shughart has been an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County for over 14 years. She is currently chief of a felony court and has previously been assigned to the Child Abuse, Specialized Crime, Arson, Mental Health, and State Jail divisions. She completed her Juris Doctorate from S.M.U. in May 2005, having passed the BAR examination prior to graduation. While working fulltime at the District Attorney’s Office, Michelle completed her Masters of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from the S.M.U. Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
Outside her work at the D.A.’s Office, Michelle teaches at Southern Methodist University in the Master of Liberal Arts program. Her classes include Negotiation, Psychology of Conflict, Multicultural Communication, and the Human Experience. She also teaches for the Dallas County Community College District, on the topics of Texas Family Code and Divorce Mediation.
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