Trial of Filipino nurses in the US postponed

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The trial of Filipino nurses accused of endangering patients by quitting their jobs in a labor dispute was postponed on Friday when an appeals court said it will consider a defense request to drop the charges.

“This means they are taking a serious look at what we are saying,” said James Druker, an attorney for the 10 Filipino nurses.

The nurses, recruited from the Philippines to help ease a staffing shortage in the US, are accused of misdemeanor conspiracy and child endangerment. If convicted, they could face up to a year in jail on each count, plus lose their nursing licenses.

Prosecutors say the nurses quit their jobs in April 2006 without notice, jeopardizing the lives of children at a Smithtown, Long Island nursing facility. Some of the children were terminally-ill and others were on ventilators and required constant monitoring.

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