4th Circuit Reverses Conviction of "Pain Doctor"
Good news for pain doctor William Hurwitz. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned his conviction and 25 year sentence for drug-trafficking because the trial judge failed to give a "good faith" instruction to the jury.
The decision again galvanized the national debate that the Hurwitz case had
come to symbolize: whether fully licensed doctors prescribing legal medication to patients in chronic pain should be subject to prosecution if their patients abuse or sell the drugs. Patient advocate groups strongly supported Hurwitz and expressed concern that his conviction would have a chilling effect on pain doctors.
....Jurors convicted Hurwitz on 50 counts of a 62-count indictment, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. They acquitted him on nine counts and deadlocked on three. Hurwitz was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The text of the opinion is here(pdf).
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