We’ve learned today that the parents and estate of Stacy Dawn Murphy have settled their lawsuit on the eve of trial against Narconon of Oklahoma and others for their acts and omissions in the 2012 wrongful, negligent death of their daughter Stacy.
The lawsuit, Robert Murphy and Tonya White, individually and as Natural Parents and Next of Kin of Stacy Dawn Murphy, deceased v. Narconon of Oklahoma d/b/a Narconon Arrowhead; Narconon International; Association for Better Living and Education International (ABLE); Gerald D. Wootan, DO, M.Ed, can be found here
Stacy’s death was among a string of negligent deaths at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma during a 3 year period beginning in 2009. The deaths, and the Scientology based Narconon program that contributed to them, were reported on on our sister site Reaching For The Tipping Point Forum, over at journalist Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and spotlighted in a highly regarded 2012 National prime time episode of Brian William’s Rock Center.
There was hope by many that this case would get to trial. There was every indication that it was going to trial this week, until it wasn’t. We wrote in January 2017 that this was the plan. However, settlements are not infrequent. We understand the toll it takes on a family to have to keep fighting for justice with such a lawsuit.
We asked the their attorney, Gary L. Richardson, of Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC in Tulsa, OK, to confirm that a settlement had taken place, and provide us a comment we could share with readers here. He obliged. “Yes, the case was officially settled by mutual consent of all parties.” “5 years. It’s time for some healing to begin. Peace is what we all seek.”
Perhaps justice has been served for Stacy with a settlement. We will never know the details of that settlement and that’s OK. We are used to that with Narconon cases. They have their attorneys fight like a pack of wild dogs to prevent cases going to trial, and can make lawsuits go on forever. 5 years is a long time, but much headway was made in exposing with was going on at Narconon Arrowhead. As long as the Murphy and White families are OK about settling, we should be, too. Let’s hope Stacy’s loved ones find some peace from all this.
We have much gratitude for their efforts in helping to get a law in place to ensure certifications are in place to prevent the loss of a loved one from happening to others.
“Stacy’s Law requires the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to create a set of rules for certification for organizations that treat people with drug and alcohol related substance abuse problems. It is intended to ensure that only certified facilities treat these issues and criminally punishes facilities that attempt rehabilitation without certification.” KJRH News 5:02 PM, May 12, 2013
The passing of Stacy’s Law was hard fought; is not all of what the friends and family of Stacy wanted and fought so hard for, but it’s a better then what existed before Stacy’s died. Nothing. We applaud the Murphy’s and White’s standing tall. For sharing Stacy’s story with so many around the world, for fighting against Narconon and doing what they could to prevent another negligent wrongful death at Narconon Arrowhead and other unscrupulous rehabs in Oklahoma.
Their attorney, Gary Richardson, is running for Governor of Oklahoma in the upcoming 2018 election. We are hoping that, if elected, he will help plug the loopholes which still exist to allow programs to operate around and avoid having to comply with Stacy’s Law.