Anti-Cycling Dr. to Face Trial over Vehicular Assault

According to the Times, the fuckbag that purposefully caused a July 4th accident that seriously injured two cyclists in order to “teach them a lesson” will be tried for the incident as well as an earlier March confrontation:

Thompson complained that cyclists frequently traveled down the residential street in Brentwood and that he was “tired of them,” Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Rodriguez said.

After testimony from Rodriguez and two cyclists who were alleged to have been involved in separate confrontations with the doctor, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Amy. D. Hogue ordered that Thompson stand trial. He faces one felony count of reckless driving causing injury and two felony counts of battery with serious injury in the July 4 incident. He also faces one count of misdemeanor reckless driving causing injury in an incident with another cyclist on the same road in March

I’d be more happy if I believed that the good doctor were facing a real threat of actual jail time rather than some kind of fine and suspended sentence, but it’s still a relief to see that it’s not being swept under the rug. What I’d really like to know is if there’s such a thing as disbarment for physicians? Purposefully injuring somebody has to be out of line with the Hippocratic Oath.

4 Replies to “Anti-Cycling Dr. to Face Trial over Vehicular Assault”

  1. Well, it’s not called disbarment, but the state medical board (if that’s what it’s called) can yank a doctor’s medical license away. Although I’m not sure that committing a crime not related to the practice of medicine would warrant it.

  2. I used to work for a criminal defense law firm that also handled quite a few professional license defenses. Though I can’t recall the specifics, felony criminal convictions (of any kind) are grounds for yanking most professional licenses, including MDs. They’re covered under a moral turpitude clause; even misdemeanors (DUIs, etc.) can prove problematic. I would expect that if these charges in particular were brought to the attention of the state licensing board, they’d be quite interested.

  3. That’s true. Medical professionals earn licenses and certificates that can always be revoked, especially under circumstances like these. We can only hope the victims lawyers bring it up to the board. Chances are, if he has the tenacity to do such a thing (hit bicyclists cause he’s a douche), he’s probably a dick doctor that treats his fellow staff members and patients like shit, and his license deserved to be revoked. I know the type. I work with them.

  4. Coincidentally, I just finished defending a family care physician against the Medical Board’s (totally bogus) allegations against him for gross negligence and incompetence. Any physician charged with any crime is automatically reported to the Medical Board, which then determines what penalties or disciplinary proceedings to impose. Under section 2236.1 of the California Business and Professions Code, a physician’s license is suspended automatically if convicted of any felony. At that point, the Medical Board will determine what disciplinary proceedings to impose, including outright revocation of the physician’s license to practice.

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