I don't mean to step on your toes bigsal but I thought I would copy/paste that short story you linked to here because I think it is important to this discussion and you were good to share it with us. Good work bigsal
Brutal Gay Bashing Suspect Kathryn Knott Has Been Terminated From Her Job QUEERTY | BY: MATTHEW THARRETT | ON: SEP 26, 2014
Kathryn Knott, the 24-year-old former Catholic schoolgirl charged with violently beating a gay man unconscious in an unprovoked attack in Philadelphia on September 11th, has been fired from her job as an ER technician at Lansdale Hospital in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
The spoiled police chief’s daughter may have received special legal treatment from her daddy in the past, but her superiors at Abington Health are much less willing to stick their necks out for her.
In a statement released by the hospital yesterday, Knott’s employment was terminated:
“Effective today, September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health. Abington Health takes patient privacy and confidentiality very seriously and is fully investigating this matter.”
The public became outraged this week when Knott’s Twitter account displayed massive breaches in the hospital’s physician-patient privilege policy — she tweeted at least five X-rays containing sensitive patient information with complete disregard of the privacy Abington’s patients are guaranteed.
Earlier this month, a 25-year-old Catholic high school basketball coach named Fran McGlinn was also fired from his job for his alleged involvement in the assault.
Knott, along with 24-year-old Philip Williams and 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal conspiracy for her involvement in the brutal assault that left a Philadelphia gay couple with severe injuries earlier this month.
All three were released on bail yesterday and continue to maintain their innocence.
To read more about Knott’s extreme homophobic history and the initial assault, check out our previous coverage.
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Woman gets jail for group attack on gay Philadelphia couple AP | By MARYCLAIRE DALE | 02-08-2016
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suburban police chief's daughter began serving five to 10 months in jail on Monday for a group attack on a gay couple that prompted Philadelphia to add sexual orientation to its hate crime laws.
Common Pleas Judge Roxanne Covington questioned how then-hospital worker Kathryn Knott walked away from the victims as one lay badly injured in September 2014.
She also ordered the 25-year-old Knott, whose online posts have insulted gays, non-English speakers, Middle Easterners and hospital patients alike, to get anger management treatment and stay out of Philadelphia during two years of probation.
"While these were homophobic slurs that started this incident, it could have been any type of hate speech," said the judge, who said she herself might have been attacked walking with her girlfriend or sister. "It could have been anyone."
Trial witnesses said someone in Knott's group of young adults out on the town shouted a gay slur at the couple, sparking a fight that left one victim with a broken jaw. Knott insisted she moved toward the fight to intervene, but the judge found she threw a punch.
Knott apologized to the victims on Monday, then wept with her parents before guards took her into custody. She said she hoped the case helped educate people, herself included.
The victim who had his jaw broken and his face bashed spoke briefly in court about the trauma of knowing the revelers walked off after the fight without even calling an ambulance.
"This whole group of people left us. ... They all looked carefree, buoyant even," said the man, who does not want his name publicized. "Every single one of that group, including Kathryn Knott, left me in that alleyway to die."
He and his boyfriend had hoped that all three defendants would take a plea offer, to spare them the ordeal of a trial and more time in the media spotlight.
The two co-defendants agreed to plead guilty in exchange for probation. One, who caused the worst injuries, pleaded guilty to a felony.
Knott's lawyer had hoped she would be given probation for her lesser role, even though she had rejected a similar plea offer. A jury convicted her of simple assault and three other misdemeanors.
The judge agreed to sentence her below the 9- to 23-month guidelines sought by prosecutors.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry said the attack damaged the psyche of a city known for its tolerance, where a popular neighborhood called the Gayborhood boasts restaurants and stores patronized by gays, non-gays and tourists alike.
"We're not some backwater town," Barry said. "You're supposed to be safe."
She was offered a plea deal but declined and demanded a trial. She left a badly injured victim bleeding in the gutter as she and her friends carried on with their night on the town as though the Gay guys were nothing more than trash they threw on the pavement.
She should have gotten at least 2 years if the judge wanted to send a signal that Gay bashing would not be tolerated in Philadelphia. The fact she was a healthcare professional should have been considered as an aggravating circumstance. At the very least her nursing license should be permanently revoked.
Oh well. Business as usual.
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I have to say, for someone who is a healthcare professional to leave people bleeding in the gutter is just staggering. Clearly, she does not have the right psyche to be a health worker - health workers are supposed to CARE for the sick and injured, not create them!
Given that she turned down a plea bargin, the book should have been thrown at her. By rejecting the bargain, she added insult to injury (literally), but making the couple go through the trauma of a trial, to add to the trauma she already helped inflict on them.
I doubt anyone will look at this case and think "oh grand, it's OK to beat gays", the defendants in this case have succeeded in very publicly ruining their own lives.
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Judge to Consider Changing Sentence in Attack on Gay Couple THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA — Mar 1, 2016, 3:45 PM ET
A judge has agreed to hear arguments on changing a five- to 10-month jail sentence imposed on a suburban police chief's daughter in a group attack on a gay couple that prompted Philadelphia to add sexual orientation to its hate crime laws.
The Philadelphia Inquirer ( [Only Registered Users Can See LinksClick Here To Register] ) reports that a March 8 hearing is scheduled on the resentencing motion on behalf of 25-year-old Kathryn Knott.
Defense attorney William Brennan has called Knott's sentence "excessive." He says she should get probation, as did two co-defendants, and suggested that she do a public service announcement on tolerance.
Jurors convicted Knott of simple assault and three other misdemeanors in the September 2014 attack, which occurred as she and her friends from suburban Bucks County were celebrating a birthday in downtown Philadelphia.
She chose not to take the plea deal the others took, and in so-doing she forced the victims to suffer even more. I hope the judge does his due dilligence, holds his hearing, then tells her to fuck the fuck off!
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Judge won't reduce jail term for woman's role in gay attack
Judge won't reduce jail term for woman's role in gay attack Yahoo! News/Associated Press | By MARYCLAIRE DALE | March 14 2016 12:45PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge refused to cut the jail sentence imposed on a suburban police chief's daughter in an attack on a gay couple after finding "a complete disconnect" between her apology and the seriousness of the crime.
Kathryn Knott will continue to serve a five- to 10-month jail term for simple assault and other misdemeanors. Two male co-defendants — one of whom left a victim with a broken jaw — got probation, but the judge noted that Knott rejected a plea offer designed to spare the victims the ordeal of a trial.
The attack broke out as Knott and nearly a dozen suburban friends left a birthday dinner in downtown Philadelphia and encountered the victims as they walked to get pizza in September 2014. The defendants hurled slurs at the couple before punching and beating them.
Knott's co-defendants insisted the brawl did not stem from any anti-gay sentiments.
But Knott's prior social media posts showed an antagonism toward gays, non-English speakers and even patients at the hospital where she worked. News coverage of the posts cost her that job.
After Knott was sent to jail last month, her parents hired a new lawyer to have the judge reconsider the sentence.
Common Pleas Judge Roxanne Covington stood firm Monday, finding the sentence appropriate given the injuries to both the victims and the city's image.
"She showed a complete disconnect from the incident itself and a failure to take personal responsibility for the crimes," Covington said.
Defense lawyer William J. Brennan argued that Knott has learned from the experience and should not be punished for going to trial.
The attack led the city to add sexual orientation to its hate crime laws.