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Judge Suppresses Gun Evidence in Fake Doctor Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that firearms and ammunition cannot be used as evidence against a man accused of practicing medicine without a license in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware on Tuesday ordered that the evidence should be suppressed because the original warrant only authorized a search for evidence related to Rick Van Thiel’s unlicensed medical practice.

Boulware says officers instead searched broadly and only requested a second search warrant after having a locksmith open the gun safe.

The 53-year-old ex-felon is facing federal firearms charges as well as 30 felony counts in state court, including sexual assault.

Van Thiel has moved to dismiss the case. Boulware hasn’t ruled on the motion but has said he intends to grant it.

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