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Lawyer asks high court to halt Las Vegas hepatitis C trial

Dr. Dipak Desai Hearing - Oct. 11, 2011

Dr. Dipak Desai appears in court for a competency hearing Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Launch slideshow »

A lawyer for former endoscopy clinic owner Dipak Desai wants the Nevada Supreme Court to halt jury selection in the criminal case stemming from a 2007 Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak.

Attorney Richard Wright filed an emergency request Monday with the state high court.

He argues that Desai is incapacitated by strokes and other physical ailments and can't assist in his defense.

The 63-year-old Desai and 65-year-old Ronald Lakeman have pleaded not guilty in state court to charges including murder, fraud and criminal neglect of patients.

Lakeman was a nurse-anesthesist at a Desai clinic where health officials in February 2008 notified more than 50,000 patients to be tested for hepatitis and HIV.

Authorities determined that nine people contracted incurable hepatitis C at Desai clinics. One later died.

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  1. After many findings that Desai is malingering, I hope the NV Supreme Court will see this transparent attempt to thwart justice for what it is. If not, justices do face voters and can be held accountable for actions. It has been six years and yet the victims have no justice. Desai terrorized thousands of people for money. If it had been for any other reason he would be facing justice as swiftly and firmly as the Boston Marathon bombers.

  2. Desai's health is irrelevant. How about the health of the victims? The attorney for the defense needs to be careful. Wright has a history of hysteronics and should be sanctioned for stupidity.

  3. In Tulsa, where 57 dental patients of Dr. Scott Harrington tested positive for Hepatitis and 3 tested positive for AIDS, Las Vegas Attorney Richard Wright could find a lot more business.