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Nurses In Hepatitis Case Ordered To Stand Trial

Two nurse anesthetists charged in the valley’s hepatitis C outbreak have been ordered to stand trial.  District Judge Donald Mosley says a trial for Keith Mathahs and Ronald Lakeman will take place March 14th, without co-defendant Doctor Dipak Desai, who has been found incompetent to stand trial.  The two anesthetists face felony charges of  racketeering, insurance fraud and neglect of patients.  Health officials say seven people were infected with hepatitis C at Desai’s now-closed Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, and hundreds of others may have been exposed to the virus.  During the arraignment Wednesday, the “Review-Journal” says Mosley shouted at defense attorney Michael Cristalli, who represents one of the nurses, for trying to “manufacture” a delay in the trial.  Christalli later confronted one of the prosecutors and accused the deputy district attorney of trying to embarrass him in front of the judge.  Cristalli’s work as a defense attorney inspired the CBS legal drama “The Defenders.”

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