Appeal could delay Las Vegas hepatitis C trial
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An appeal could delay a Jan. 27 hearing about whether the ailing former physician-owner of a clinic at the center of a 2008 Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak is fit for trial on felony charges.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that attorney Richard Wright filed documents Thursday asking the Nevada Supreme Court to hear his challenge of a judge's rules for the Dipak Desai competency hearing.
Desai and two former employees face trial in March on racketeering, fraud and patient neglect charges stemming from a hepatitis C outbreak at a Desai clinic.
Wright argues Desai is incapacitated by strokes and can't help his defense.
Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney ruled that Wright can present one witness to rebut doctors' findings that Desai is fit for trial.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com