Rand lawyer confident doctor will be cleared of drug charges

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The lawyer for a Nevada doctor accused of writing illegal painkiller prescriptions that contributed to a Reno man's death says he remains convinced Dr. Robert Rand will be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners issued a 74-count malpractice complaint against Rand late Thursday accusing him of misconduct involving 18 patients.

The names of the patients were not disclosed so it's not clear if one of them is the man who died, 33-year-old Michael Yenick.

Reno defense attorney John Ohlson said Friday he spoke with three representatives of the board on Thursday and was told the board was "under pressure" to issue the complaint.

Ohlson said in an email to The Associated Press that when he asked the board officials what they intend to do when Rand is acquitted of the criminal charges, he was "met with silence."

Ohlson says that prior to his arrest last April, Rand had been operating a family practice for 15 years in Reno, treating thousands of patients regardless of whether they could pay for his services.

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