Justice for Robyn
Justice for Robyn
Why this petition matters
Robyn Edwards is a 27-year-old, African American, community college student, with an acquired disability, living in Memphis, Tennessee. Her major is vocal performance. Robyn acquired a brain injury in 2007, while living in Idaho Falls, Idaho, due to a preventable medical error. Today, in addition to the physical disabilities, Robyn struggles with depression and abandonment issues because after the brain injury, she lost friends. Her dreams of one day attending a four-year college, moving away from home, and experiencing life on a college campus were destroyed. Before the brain injury, Robyn was an honored student and track runner. She had hopes of one day trying out for the Olympics.
On October 1, 2007, Robyn saw Dr. Erich Garland, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, for numbing sensations she experienced in her limbs. Without performing any further test and denying Veverly Edwards’ (Robyn’s mom), first request for an MRI, Dr. Garland prescribed two drugs: Depakote and Zomig. Hours after taking the Zomig on October 4, 2007, Robyn had a massive stroke. Consequently, the drugs exacerbated an underlying condition, MoyaMoya (which causes mini strokes) and caused Robyn to have a massive stroke. On about October 9, 2007, Robyn's family was informed that she was braindead, while she lived, Dr. Garland's negligence destroyed her dreams.
A medical malpractice case was filed against Dr. Erich Garland in 2009. In May of 2012, Attorney Lance Nalder, attempted to coerce Ms. Edwards into dismissing the case with prejudice. When she refused, he defrauded the medical malpractice case (Edwards vs Garland) in which his firm represented Robyn. Six months before the trial date (10/23/2012), Attorney Nalder painted Robyn's mother as misguided and unreliable. Attorney Nalder also spread lies on the expert witness his firm retained for the case. In a written letter, Nalder stated that the expert witness recanted an eight-page testimony in which he concluded that Garland’s gross negligence took away any chances of Robyn living a normal life.
When Ms. Edwards contacted the Idaho Attorney General's office in April of 2012, to file a complaint, she was informed to file with the Bonneville County prosecutor's office in Idaho Falls. She attempted to file a report against Attorney Nalder, Dr. Erich Garland and Garland's attorney, for defrauding Robyn's case, but the police refused to take a report. After several attempts to file the report, she appealed to Chief of Police Steve Roos, and Mayor Jared Fuhriman, to order the police to take a report and forward it to the Bonneville County prosecutor, but they too refused her request for assistance.
Weeks after requesting Mayor Fuhriman’s assistance, Ms. Edwards received two letters. One from Mayor Fuhriman and attached to it was a letter from City Attorney Randall Fife. Attorney Fife stated that it wouldn't be "proper" to file charges against Dr. Garland. Subsequently, about April 16, 2012, two weeks after Attorney Nalder attempted to coerce Ms. Edwards into dismissing the medical malpractice case with prejudice, Dr. Garland and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center received a gold seal from Joint Commission for their efforts in preventative stroke care. The gold seal represented a huge community initiative in which there were many community stakeholders.
In December of 2012, the Idaho Bar Counsel purportedly investigated a complaint filed by Ms. Edwards against Attorney Nalder and found “no clear and convincing evidence” of Nalder’s fraudulent actions. They also referenced the recanting of the expert’s testimony as evidence. However, Ms. Edwards has a written statement from the expert witness in which the expert states that he never recanted, repositioned, or retreated from his testimony, and had he done so, a letter would have been provided.
In June of 2014, emotionally worn from the many appeals submitted for help, Ms. Edwards self-published a book, God's Miracle Among Corruption in Idaho, in which she placed the evidence, as a public record of the egregious violations of her teenage daughter’s Human Rights and Civil Rights.
In the fall of 2014, Robyn and Veverly Edwards filed a Civil Rights Complaint with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s office, and January of 2015, received what appears to be a fictitious letter from his office.
In November of 2021, Robyn and Veverly Edwards, submitted another Civil Rights Complaint requesting U.S Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the violation of Robyn Edwards’ 14 Amendment Rights by the City of Idaho Falls for refusing to provide equal protection under the law and violating Robyn's right to redress in a court of law.
2. Robyn and Ms. Edwards are also asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the actions committed against Robyn Edwards, a teenage Black girl, as Hate Crimes.
3. In addition, they are requesting the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Idaho Medical Board and Bar Association who were complicit in the violation of Robyn’s Human Rights and Civil Rights.
4. Lastly, they are requesting an investigation into, what appears to be, a fictitious letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s office.
Too often the people selected to provide oversight and act as guardians of the Constitutional laws of the United States are complicit with those who violate the Human Rights and Civil Rights of African American citizens in both criminal and civil processes.
Too often African Americans are the victims of adverse medical events.
Too often the voices of African American women are silenced.
Please stand with Robyn and Veverly Edwards. Sign the petition, "Justice for Robyn."