A Louisiana state board recommended that the state cover more than $450,000 in legal fees for physician Anna Pou, who was accused of killing patients stranded at a hospital following Hurricane Katrina.
The Attorney Fee Review Board voted 7-1 to recommend that the Legislature set aside $312,128 for fees paid by the LSU Health Network and $144,852 for fees paid by the Dr. Anna Pou Defense Fund.
Pou's attorney, Rick Simmons, said that as a state employee, Pou is entitled to be reimbursed for fees incurred after former Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti had her arrested for allegedly killing patients at Memorial Medical Center after Katrina struck Aug. 29, 2005. Pou was never indicted and denied the accusations.
Lawmakers could act on the recommendation when they convene next month.