Doc's Lawyer Seeks Delay in Hepatitis C Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lawyers for a former Las Vegas doctor facing criminal charges in a hepatitis C outbreak in 2007 want a judge to suspend proceedings and determine again whether he's competent for trial.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Dipak Desai defense attorney Richard Wright filed court documents late Friday saying that a recent psychiatric evaluation raises new doubt about Desai's mental fitness.

Meanwhile, a Nevada Supreme Court panel on Friday tossed out a racketeering charge in the 28-count criminal indictment against Desai and two former clinic employees.

The three justices also ordered a Clark County District Court judge to let prosecutors amend the indictment to clear up language in 14 charges alleging criminal neglect and mistreatment of patients allegedly infected with hepatitis C at Desai's clinic.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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