Doctor’s High Profile Murder Trial now Underway in Vegas
The prosecution alleges that the endoscopy clinics operated by Dr. Desai reused anesthetic. The pair is also accused of overbilling insurance companies for procedures and reusing syringes and other disposable medical equipment. In all, they each face 28 different charges including criminal neglect of patients and reckless disregard of persons.
In his opening statement, defense attorney Richard Wright painted his client as an underdog who is the target of malicious prosecution. He claims that neither Dr. Desai nor his employees acted outside the standard of care required of medical practitioners, and that no one in any of the clinics had any idea they were doing anything wrong.
This case has already proved to be a complicated one, with the reading of the indictment alone lasting more than 90 minutes. Prosecutors face a tough burden of proof in this matter, with the trial expected to last for several weeks. Meanwhile, former patients have already been awarded a $500 million settlement in a civil suit related to medical malpractice.