Lawyer: Doctor not fit for trial in hepatitis C case

Molly Waldron

Lawyer: Doctor not fit for trial in hepatitis C case

CREATED Oct. 11, 2011

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A defense lawyer says that despite the findings of state psychiatrists, the ailing former doctor-owner of a southern Nevada endoscopy clinic isn't fit to stand trial on felony charges stemming from a 2008 hepatitis outbreak in Las Vegas.

Dipak Desai appeared in court Tuesday, where Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney set a Nov. 15 date to review a fitness challenge by Desai's attorney, Richard Wright.

The 61-year-old Desai was evaluated for several months at a state mental hospital in Sparks.

Doctors there deemed him fit for trial.

Wright says Desai is mentally incapacitated after two strokes and can't help his own defense.

Desai is accused of being responsible for seven people becoming infected with hepatitis C at his clinics.

A trial is currently scheduled for March.

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