Georgia Supreme Court to hear case involving Marietta psychiatrist
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MARIETTA — A Marietta psychiatrist who had a patient commit suicide while under his care is challenging a Cobb County court’s decision regarding the deceased man’s treatment records.

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday will hear the case involving Crit Reon Cooksey, who is being sued by Michael and Lisa Landry, according to a news release.

The Landrys’ son, Christopher Michael Landry, was 22 when he died in 2012. He had been prescribed psychotropic drugs by Cooksey. Landry’s parents contend they were never informed of the drugs’ potential side effects, which include worsening depression and suicidal thoughts, particularly among younger people.

The Landrys are considering suing Cooksey for malpractice and wrongful death, and want access to their son’s mental health records, the release says.

Cooksey has declined to hand over the records, stating he was prohibited to disclose them under Georgia law. He maintains Christopher Landry never authorized him to release the records to anyone, including his parents.

In January, a trial judge ruled against Cooksey, requiring him to turn over the records within 20 business days. The release says the state Supreme Court granted Cooksey a stay “until resolution of the appeal.”

— Emily Boorstein

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