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Appellate court reinstates discipline for 28-year-old sexual relationship

An appellate court in Alabama reinstated discipline imposed on a psychologist for an inappropriate relationship initiated 28 years before, on grounds that the plaintiff did not show why the long delay would make the discipline unfair. The September 27 decision in Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology v. Hamilton reversed a lower court which had thrown out the case for the delay in prosecution.

In 2010, a patient accused Alabama psychologist C. Fletcher Hamilton of beginning a sexual relationship with her while acting as her therapist in 1982.  A board action followed the complaint, but during the administrative hearing, Hamilton . . .

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