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Top court annuls doc's murder conviction
Top court annuls doc’s murder conviction

BY A STAFF WRITER

LAS VEGAS, NV -- The Nevada Supreme Court has thrown out the murder conviction of a once-prominent Indian American physician in Nevada who died in state prison while serving a sentence stemming from a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak at his busy Las Vegas outpatient clinics.

Five justices, in a July 27 ruling, cited ‘intervening causes’' between actions by Dipak Desai and the death of a former patient, Rodolfo Meana.

Meana was found to have contracted the incurable liver disease from a contaminated anesthesia drug that was reused in injections on multiple patients during outpatient procedures at Desai's Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

Meana died in 2012 aged 77, more than four years after contracting hepatitis C.

Desai was 67 when he died in April at a Reno hospital after his transfer from a medical facility at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City. His wife, Kusum Desai, continued to appeal his sentence.

Desai was convicted in state court and sentenced in 2013 to 18 years to life in state prison for neglect of patients, reckless disregard causing substantial bodily harm and insurance fraud.

The state high court had upheld those convictions.

 

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Update: 04-August-2017

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