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Judy Robins holds a portrait of her sister Dorothy “Jeanie” Rising. Home healthcare nurse Carolyn Claeys was found passed out, high on drugs, in Rising’s Santa Cruz apartment the day after Rising died of cancer in July 2006. Claeys had been put on nursing board probation a year earlier. But less than four months into the probation, she was convicted of a DUI. Four months after that, she was fired from a nursing home for stealing drugs. She tested positive for drugs three times between November 2005 and March 2006 and missed 12 required drug tests. Any of these violations would have been grounds for the board to revoke her probation. But the board took no action — at least none that could be found in public records. Five months after Rising's death, the board filed a petition to revoke Claeys’ probation. She didn’t contest the charges, and her license was later revoked.
Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times
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